Educating others on the importance of early breast cancer detection

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Oct 03, 2019

Sarah Stevens was just 34 when her breast cancer journey began.

"Because of the breast density, they said it wouldn't hurt to continue having screenings," Stevens said. "I went at 35 and it was clear. I went back at 36 and there it was."

Sarah says that as terrifying as the news was, she didn't have time to think about what would come next.

"You're jumping into this and when you're a young cancer patient and you have children. You think about who's going to take care of my children while I'm doing chemotherapy," she explains. "You have to start thinking very quickly of all of the things in your life that you have to mange before you get to the emotional impact. One of the things that I think is the hardest things is that you don't have time to process it."

At night, when all is still everything is silent that is when the cancer diagnosis truly hit her.

"Am I going to live to see my children grow up? What's going to happen if I don't? Do I need to make a will? That's when the emotional impact hits," she says.

But Sarah fought.

She fought the disease, she fought all of the side effects, and she fought to keep living her life.

Today, her life is close to normal again. Sarah is working and along with her husband is raising teenage girls.

And she now helps to educate others about the importance of early detection.

"Know that you can do it," Sarah says. "You can make it through treatment. It is doable. It is very very scary but you can do it."

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