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Published on October 13, 2015

Shay - Breast Cancer Survivor

Shay - Breast Cancer Survivor - 1 in 8

"The first time I saved my mother’s life was when two blood clots traveled through to her heart. She’s stubborn but I insisted she seek care. They said 15 more minutes would have been too late. That was during her first battle with breast cancer, when she found a lump on her breast on Christmas Day of 2005. Well actually Dad found the lump, but I plug my ears for that part of the story.

There was only a 2-5% chance the cancer would come back after that mastectomy. When she felt the second lump a couple of months ago, she snuck out of the house in the middle of the night and went to the hospital without waking us. She didn’t want to scare anyone. When she got the call that it was cancer, I watched her jaw drop open. I immediately hugged her and told her not to worry. I told her we would get through it together…and we will. My brother and I recently moved in to help take care of her.

On her sad days, mom heads out to the corral and nuzzles the horses. They feel everything. They understand.

On her good days, she wakes up and asks herself, ‘Who am I going to make smile today?’

Most days, it's me. My mom is ‪#‎1in8‬."


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