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Mammogram Found Invasive Breast Cancer Early

This week’s Wednesday Warrior, Kayla, shares her story and reminds us the importance of being proactive when it comes to our heath. Annual checkups and physicals can often be hard to schedule in the midst of busy lives, but when it comes to cancer and many other health issues, early detection is key.

“On Oct. 3, 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage One Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (breast cancer). I’ve always tried to be a positive person & always turn my problems over to God. I had been negligent in have yearly mammograms, but luckily mine was a case of early detection. Now I encourage all women to have a mammogram annually.

The weekend after I was diagnosed I went on a cancer walk in OKC that my niece, Heather, helped organize (her efforts are in memory of my Mother who died of skin cancer). It was there I met Tarah whose story was an inspiration to me.

I had a lumpectomy Nov 9th at which time they took the tumor & four lymph nodes. They got all of the tumor, which was smaller than they thought, & all four lymph nodes came back negative. I am now undergoing 16 radiation treatments at Harrington Cancer Center in Amarillo, TX; 2 1/2 hours away from where I live in Booker.

Of course I’m thanking God every day for holding my hand thru this journey. I also want to say “Thank You” to Tarah & Heather for their dedication & support of cancer fighters!”

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