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Breast Cancer was not something that either of us worried too much about, at least personally.
In July 2019, Amy was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). It was a complete shock. Amy was a newlywed and busy professional and felt just fine. While her family had addressed breast cancer with her sister in law's diagnosis a couple of years earlier, Amy new relatively little about the disease. And like many she thought her risk was largely driven by family history, no knowing that the vast majority of cases have no genetic link.
In October 2019, Windy, a mom of two girls, was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Windy and Amy are 11 months apart in age. Windy was also in shock, and couldn't believe that she would have this diagnosis, and herself become one of the 1 in 8 American women who are treated for breast cancer. Windy soon joined Amy at Massachusetts General Hospital for her care, with the same medical team.
As of January 2019, Amy and Windy have both had surgery and completed radiation. Amy also had chemotherapy. Both confirmed no genetic mutations exist, which was especially a concern to Windy, having lost her father at a young age to cancer. And, both continue with various efforts to keep the disease hopefully at bay.
Both were fortunate to have their cancers identified early via mammogram. And while no one can predict the future, both are very hopeful that they have done what they need to do in order to prevent a recurrence.
So, this walk starts the beginning of "Cousins for Cleavage", hoping to kick this awful disease to the curb. We walk and fund raise so that others can get mammograms and find the disease early and so that those with more advanced disease can be treated and that we can all find a cure.
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