Amy's Story

It was amazing to me how many people stepped up to do whatever was needed.

My name is Amy. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 40 after my first mammogram. The clinic kept saying I had dense breasts, and I said "if you keep calling them dense they will continue to fail your tests". Luckily the cancer was caught at an early stage. I underwent a lumpectomy and 33 sessions of radiation. I have received so much support.

I am a single mom. My family really took great care of me. I am not rich, and I worked all through treatment because I really had no choice. But the people where I work (BAKER Associates, the company helps with design work for the Hope Chest’s fundraiser Fillies Race for Hope) were wonderful. They made a sign-up sheet and prepared lunches for me every day so that I could go to radiation over my lunch break and still have healthy hot food for lunch. It really made working during this time less awful. It was amazing to me how many people stepped up to do whatever was needed. From my best friend coming to paint my nails to the offers to clean my house. Most of all, I was thankful that my daughter was there to make me laugh even when I didn't feel I could.

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