MOORHEAD — When Moorhead's Cami Sagvold arrives for chemotherapy at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center dressed up in a Wonder Woman costume.
It was in January that the mother of two found out she had stage two breast cancer. While her prognosis was good, she would still need chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to beat the disease.
Sagvold decided to take cancer by the horns and turn it on its head by being Wonder Woman during her chemotherapy treatments.
"When I was seven years old, I wanted to be Wonder Woman," Sagvold said, showing a picture of her at that age in a Wonder Woman costume. "A lot of it is homemade, with tin-foil belt. I sat with my mom and made the costume."
When Sagvold arrived for her treatment Thursday, April 1, the super hero handed out treats to staff. She then handed a book of hope-filled letters of encouragement to a stranger that was there for one of her first treatments.
"I have 18 and 20 year old daughters, and I thought for their sake I need to show strength and perseverance, and the first thing that popped into my head was, 'Wonder Woman. I can go as Wonder Woman,' and nobody ever went to chemo dressed as a super hero and didn't feel powerful like they could beat this thing," Sagvold said.
Sagvold's breast cancer was caught on a routine mammogram, and she says because people put off screenings during the pandemic, now is the time to get checked.
She recently celebrated 25 years with American Family Insurance. She has her own agency and friends decorated her yard Thursday, honoring her for more than just her work, but for her perseverance and determination in the face of adversity.
"If you can't change your circumstances, you can change your attitude, and the way you think about your circumstances," Sagvold said. "It makes me feel all the qualities of Wonder Woman — strength, courage, perseverance," Sagvold said.