Melanie Fitts, survivor from Farmington, AR was diagnosed when she was only 24 years old after finding a knot during a self examination. With no family history and testing negative for BRCA Melanie is now working with a doctor in California who does studies on the relationship between cell phones and cancer – her lump was detected in the same spot where she carried her cell during workouts throughout college. Despite many surgeries and hours of radiation, Melanie is positive and works to help other women fight against this terrible disease. Melanie is why we race!
“This is my story”
My mother, sister and two cousins are breast cancer survivors along with myself. The Saturday before Mother’s Day I remember examining my breast. The next morning while getting ready for church I noticed tenderness in my left breast. After church I felt the area and I felt a very small lump. I was in total shock, disbelief, oh my God, surely not, I hope not. Monday morning at 8 am I called my Gynecologist and made an appointment to be seen that morning. After the breast exam I was scheduled to have a repeat mammogram the next day. After the test, I saw a surgeon; she then ordered a needle biopsy. Three days later I was diagnosed with very early stage 1 breast cancer. Three days later I had a lumpectomy and a lymphectomy. The cancer was only in the lump. On June 26th I started 6 months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I see my Oncologist every 6 months for follow-up visits. Today I’m cancer free and feel “Great”!! Early detection and prayer is the key to my survival and recovery. I say to all women, “Take care of your body, examine your breasts and get yearly mammograms.” – Deborah