Sharee, Annette and Lindsay Page, two sisters and a sister-in-law from Davis County, Utah, share the same last name, the same faith and, now, the same battle against cancer.
Sixteen years ago, when Lindsay Page married Sharee and Annette’s older brother, Ryan, she never would’ve imagined that someday she would be joined by two of her sisters-in-law in the fight of their lives. But the Page sisters, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, don’t believe their shared battle is a coincidence.
“Just one person going through cancer is inspiring when you see these people that are so positive and faithful,” Lindsay Page said. “But the fact that the three of us have it has really caught the attention of the media and to me, I just wonder if it’s a missionary opportunity, maybe, to share the gospel and give people hope.”
“What are the odds that three sisters in a family have cancer at the same time?” Annette Page said. “And we’ve had so many opportunities to share our testimonies and to share the gospel. … We’ve been able to share a message of hope and faith, and I don’t think we would’ve gotten the ears of so many people if it was just one of us.”
Lindsay Page, a mother of four children, was originally diagnosed in January 2015 with a rare angiosarcoma, a cancer of the inner lining of blood vessels. In the beginning the cancer was only found in her spleen, which is rare because angiosarcoma can be found in any part of the body. Her spleen was removed and she appeared to be free of tumors. She was treated with six months of chemotherapy and enjoyed six months of good scans. However, in February of 2016, the cancer resurfaced, this time in her liver.
Meanwhile, Lindsay’s sisters-in-law, Annette and Sharee Page, have been “attached at the hip” since graduating from high school. The two sisters, who are both in their mid-30s, have visited every continent with the exception of Antarctica together and over 55 different countries.
In March, Annette Page was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks later, after noticing a lump in her own breast, Sharee told Annette who immediately thought, “There is no way.”
“I also just thought, ‘There has to be a reason,’” Annette Page said. “This wouldn’t be happening with (all of) us together if there wasn’t something extra special that we were supposed to learn.”
Sharee Page was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
“When I was diagnosed, it was almost hilarious because it was too comical, too ironic to be real,” Sharee Page said.
It was real and, although in reality the diagnosis is anything but funny, the Page sisters have approached the situation with a sense of humor.
“We’re sent to this earth to be happy and ‘man is that he might have joy,’” Sharee Page said. “And you can either cry about your situation or you can look to find the humor in life, and I prefer to be happy. I find that the more that I can find humor in things, the easier it is to be happy.”
They have also relied on their faith.
“It’s everything,” Sharee Page said. “Without the gospel, I don’t know how people go through hard things. The only reason … it’s bearable in time is because I have an eternal perspective and I know that this life we were sent here to be tested, we were sent here to have challenges that will refine us and help us become more like God.”