Carrie Dominguez is a kindergarten teacher at Overton Elementary. Dorothy Balderez is a salon inspector. On Thursday, she's checking out the cosmetology classes at Monterey High School.
Both women have more of a bond than what comes from being sisters just 17 months apart. They've grown up doing everything together, best friends -- sharing everything, even cancer. Carrie found it first and immediately went into surgery.
"I had had my mastectomy on July 15th," Carrie says.
That was the same day Dorothy was scheduled to go in for a mammogram, but she cancelled.
"I canceled out of fear. I was scared. It was fear," says Dorothy.
Dorothy got that mammogram four months later and with it came the same diagnosis, breast cancer followed by a mastectomy.
"You know such a hard thing for a family to go through and we're the only two sisters in our family," says Carrie.
"I was very very scared and I had to say a big prayer and I had to tell myself you have to do this," says Dorothy.
"That was devastating for my baby sister to have this, and I took her to her first chemo treatment and I thought I was going to throw up because I was just there," says Carrie.
Two sisters, Carrie with two children and Dorothy, the mother of four. Both are under age 40 with no symptoms of breast cancer, yet the warning signs were there after all.
Their grandmother died of breast cancer at age 57.
"But no one ever asked about our father's side of the family and that is such an important person because you know you were made up of two people and you know cousins. I mean look into it. Look into your family history because that is the key to you know saving your life," says Carrie.
Dorothy and Carrie have more advice to share this Saturday morning at a Breast Cancer Symposium scheduled at Covenant Lakeside. Physicians will also be there to answer your specific questions about breast cancer and breast heath. There are only 50 seats left so hurry if you'd like to make a reservation. It's free.
The number to call is (806) 725-7977. The full name of the event is the Lynnetta Hibdon Breast Cancer Symposium and Brunch. It is being held in honor of Lynnetta Hibdon, a Lubbock woman who fought for awareness of this disease which took her life this past summer at the age of 32.