Keeping Abreast Foundation

Michelle Hedman

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (de novo), at the age of 34...

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (de novo), at the age of 34, February 21, 2011. Since my diagnosis I have received 20 rounds of radiation to three tumors in my spine. I also received a 6 month regimen of chemotherapy. Afterwords I went through 12 major surgeries to fix an assortment of issues from pathological fractures in my spine due to the tumors to bilateral mastectomies, etc. Throughout my journey I have had many pitfalls; pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, DVTs, hand and foot syndrome and bilateral pleural effusions. But the most amazing things also happened to me as well. Through my journey and my struggles, I met some of the most beautiful and amazing people who would show me how to take this tragedy and give it purpose. This first year I was discharged from the hospital I raised 9,150$ for the MSABC Campaign. This was also the year that I was introduced to the KDYY and I knew that this was again my purpose. I am a passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness, mammograms and the further need for research. My father once leaned over to whisper in my ear, after they had called a hospice consult for us, “You my dear are a lighting bolt and God is not done with you yet.” It has been 7 years and as long as I am able I will continue advocating for breast cancer awareness, education, mammograms, early access to care, and more research development.

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