Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE, a dynamic personality who is often referred to as Dr. Sheri, wanted to be a physician ever since she was two years old. She says becoming a doctor is all that she ever wanted and what she put all her attention and energy toward — and what she eventually became. Everything was going according to plan until Oct. 1, 2008, the day Dr. Sheri discovered a lump on her right breast. “I knew it was cancer from the moment I felt it, because no one knows my body better than I do,” she says.
A grueling medical journey — one that included an array of surgeries and treatments, a partial mastectomy and the removal of 16 lymph nodes, 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments — followed. Then, a year after her aggressive and ultimately successful treatment, Dr. Sheri developed lymphedema, which caused swelling in her arm that was so debilitating that she was unable to perform the clinical duties of the career she’d dreamed about since she was a toddler. “After 16 years of practicing medicine, I had to completely reinvent myself,” she says.