Most successful TV shows gain momentum with good PR through ratings spikes, pop culture references, or season-ending cliffhangers. And then there are the rare times when art imitates life…or visa-versa.
Meet Sarit Fishbaine, 36, who is a huge fan of the ABC hit “Grey’s Anatomy.”
HuffPo shares the story (via Yahoo!) of Fishbaine visiting her doctor, who told her that she had “lumpy breasts” but assured her that she “had nothing to worry about.”
Unfortunately, that wasn’t entirely true. How did she find that out? An episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” of course.
Her life-saving discovery happened six months later. She stopped breastfeeding her new child but still had those lumps. She remembered to the words of her doctor, but that advice paled in comparison to “Dr. McDreamy.” She told Yahoo!:
“In the episode, a young mom arrives at Seattle Grace Hospital for a mastectomy after her breast cancer had been mistaken for milk collecting in her breast. I couldn’t fall asleep that night — it felt like a huge warning sign.”
The very next day, Fishbaine made an appointment to see another breast specialist. It was the last opinion she needed because they found Stage three breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.
“I started six months of chemo right away and after that I had surgery, I had a mastectomy and then I had radiation therapy so I got the full package,” Fishbaine told NBC News. “I love ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and I love watching TV and I think God works in mysterious ways and that watching that TV show was probably my sign.”
And then this happened.