Sydney Vickers

Twenty years ago my doctor made a comment about the number of people being impacted by cancer.  I thought a moment and innocently responded that no one in my world had experienced cancer.  That statement quickly turned around.   My father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003.  I was touched by breast cancer in 2008 and my husband, Peyton, died of esophageal cancer in 2012.  My name is Sydney Vickers and my life is divided into two segments.  They are life before cancer and life after cancer. Chapter 1: I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY to amazing, loving parents.  My family moved to Boca Raton when I was 10 years old.  I have moved around a bit, but will always consider South Florida home.  My educational goal was to be a social worker, but after attaining my degree at FAU my life took me in a different direction.  I began working with BellSouth/AT&T and enjoyed a 35 year career that was both challenging and fulfilling.  Shortly after beginning my work life I met Peyton and we married a few years later.  We were blessed with 28 truly happy years.Chapter 2:  Peyton will always be my inspiration.  He remained strong and positive up to the moment of his death.  Peyton prepared for his death in every way possible, from having total maintenance done on every item in our home, to writing a book for me called “After Peyton” with lists of whom to call for any eventuality.   His preparation made the difference in my survival.  He inspired me to take what I had learned and apply it to fighting the disease that had torn our life apart.  It became my passion to share what I had so tragically learned to help others traverse cancer and loss. I began doing esophageal cancer and bereavement counseling eventually expanding to the social media space developing a death, dying and bereavement facebookgroup called Until Death Do We Part. It is my personal mission to spend the second segment of my life helping support those fighting cancer, their families and the loved ones of the fallen.

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