It’s an ominous statistic you may have heard before: one in eight women will develop breast cancer. And Kelly Deditius of Visalia says she was that woman. “It’s kind of a little mantra of mine between friends and family: I’m the one,” she says.
It was November of 2006, Kelly was 45, and went in for a routine mammogram. What followed for this wife, mother of two, and now a grandma to three, was anything but routine: early stage cancer in her left breast. It was so deep, her surgeon had to show her where it was. “But as he helped me feel it, it was a rigidity. It was different than what breast tissue feels like,” says Kelly.
Kelly says doctors felt they caught it before it had spread. But one surgery, led to two, and there was still concern about what to do next. A trip to Stanford provided the answer: a mastectomy. “11 years later, I am healthy and well,” she says.
Kelly did not need chemotherapy or radiation. While she may not have looked like a cancer patient, she fought the fight and won. She celebrated by participating in the Susan G. Komen three day walk in San Diego– fund raising and walking 60 miles for the annual event. And she speaks out whenever she can about the importance of early detection. According to Kelly, “If I can help one woman go in and get a mammogram, or one woman follow up with her doctor and save a life, then it’s worth it.”
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