Breast cancer is a cause that is very close to the heart of Catwalk, as one of the founding partners, Mary, was diagnosed at only 38 years old, with no prior family history. Luckily, due to early detection, she was able to immediately undergo a lumpectomy and begin her chemotherapy and radiation sessions. With three young children in tow, she fought alongside her husband and family through her treatments, and within a year, was in remission.
However, unfortunately, Mary’s battle was not yet over. On her final annual check-up, on the 10 year anniversary from her last diagnosis, she was re-diagnosed with breast cancer, where it had also spread to her lymph nodes. Upon this rediagnosis, she took the brave step in getting a double-mastectomy. After another exhaustive round of chemotherapy, she continued to persevere and put on a brave face, constantly sharing positive thoughts and love throughout the chemotherapy room with other strong women. She again won another battle and was in remission within a year.
Although the effects of chemotherapy are still present, she continues to share awareness with others, and encouraging regular screenings and removing the taboo from discussing cancer, happily sharing her story, and experiences with others. In sharing her past experiences with others, she provides comfort to those currently undergoing treatment, and awareness to individuals who may not have considered screenings before.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you to discuss and share stories of breast cancer with others around you, to raise awareness and ensure early detection.
We care, because it’s close to our heart.
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