Fighting Cancer with a 'Happy Dance'

BUFFALO, NY - Prepping for surgery can nerve-wracking. But there's one woman who wanted to dance before her bi-lateral mastectomy.

was rolled into the operating room at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with a smile. It didn't hurt that she knew many of the workers. Jarosz is an operating room technician and she's very jubilant. So it is no surprise that before her surgery she asked to get up and dance, free style, to the Pharrell Williams song HAPPY.

"Hearing it (the song HAPPY), it just rises up in you happiness you know. My faith, 24-7, that's an added grace right there to be able to bring good out of every bad situation," she said.

"I had a few people ask me, were your really that happy, how could you be that happy going into surgery and you know, honestly, for most people you're not happy going into surgery, you're dealing with some big stuff, but I just knew the Lord was with me," said Jarosz.

In August 2013 , Jarosz was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy treatments. On April 7, 2014, she had a

bi-lateral mastectomy. Unlike her previous procedures, she was going to be happy and dance. The idea to have fun came from watching a YouTube video of a physician who was undergoing a similar procedure.

In the video, those who can participate in the sterile environment are clapping and dancing, but it's the patient, Mary Jarosz, who really stands out and works the floor dancing and clapping. She really gets into the groove to the lyrics "can't nothing bring me down."

"Before you find out you have cancer, you're on this side and you look at somebody who has it and you think wow, I wonder what is it like for them. Now that I've crossed over and I'm on this side of the cancer I'm still me, I'm a little bit different but I'm still me and its like you get through it."

Jarosz was dancing with her surgeon Dr. Bauer. "He's got moves," she said.

The video was shot by Matt Moorhouse, who works in the O-R. "Being in the O-R, that's my comfort zone, I work in there so I know what it's all about," she said. It's another reason why she wanted to record her experience. "It's not that everybody's dancing around like that, but there is an orchestrated dance that is done in the care for the patient and it's pretty amazing."

Jarosz's son edited the video and her son put in a YouTube where it initially received over 500-views.


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