Shalene Hillbrick succumbs to cancer |

Shalene Hillbrick succumbs to cancer

by Caryn Haller

Shalene Hillbrick.

Minden resident Shalene Hillbrick died Monday following a three-year battle with cancer.

In 2011, Hillbrick found a golf ball-sized lump on her right breast. A week later the biopsy results came back positive for cancer, and she began chemotherapy Oct. 12.

After chemotherapy treatments and radiation, Hillbrick was declared cancer-free in May 2012, and finished her last round of radiation June 15.

When in remission, Hillbrick applied to volunteer with Douglas County Search and Rescue, and completed the academy.

"I want to surround myself with those kind of people. They are really giving, caring people," she said in a 2012 interview. "It's really big of them to take me on. I want to focus on something positive."

Hillbrick was thankful for the support she received during her fight.

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"I can't believe the help and support I've gotten. I can't believe for the short time I've been here how the community has pulled together to help me," she said. "Total strangers ask about me. It's amazing the support. I've learned to focus on the positive more than anything and let the small stuff go."

In September, 2012, Hillbrick learned her cancer had returned as stage-four lung cancer. She began chemotherapy and joined a clinical trial in Seattle, Wash., only to decide home is where she needed to be.

Hillbrick has two daughters, Annika and Lauren.

"My heart is breaking at the loss of such a brave lady that fought such a great fight for her girls … so sorry for the loss of her life … God bless you Shelley, and God bless your beautiful girls that you taught so much…you will live through them … rest in peace my friend," said Denise Johnston in a Facebook post.

Since news of her death, Hillbrick's Facebook page has been flooded with comments.

"There are so many memories with you. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be where I am in my career, you taught me so much," said Sarah Gines. "I am praying for your family and your beautiful girls. Rest in peace Shalene, you are finally healed."

Services for Hillbrick are 1 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Community Church, 3616 N. Sunridge, Drive in Carson City.

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