October is national breast cancer awareness month, aimed at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
We sat down with a breast cancer survivor who hopes her story will push other women to get screened for the disease before it's too late.
November 2010, Karrie Bosanic knew something was wrong.
Karrie Bosanic: “I was sitting up late one night and I was studying.”
She felt a pain in her breast.
Bosanic: “It ended up being a lump that I found.”
A lump that would turn Bosanic's world upside down.
Bosanic: “I went to see my doctor the next day and they ordered some tests and it turned out to be positive for cancer.”
A diagnosis she was unprepared for.
Bosanic: “It was like all of a sudden I had this great big thing that I had to deal with and not really knowing where to start.”
But it began anyway.
Bosanic: “I had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy and we thought everything was fine.”
Until 5 months later.
Bosanic: “Went for some routine follow up and they found a second cancer. I had a double mastectomy and I just finished my second round of chemo.”
Bosanic hopes women will hear her story as a cautionary tale.
Bosanic: “If they go for their testing- it can save their life. I had missed a mammogram, I was really busy, I was going to school, I was working on adopting my daughter– I was just too busy.”
But it seems the cancer has given her back some of the time she couldn't find before.
Bosanic: “I try to make time for my kids a little bit more than I probably would have otherwise, just because I know that everyday is precious.”
A precious gift, she's now holding onto a little tighter.@
According to the CDC, in 2008 (the most recent year numbers are available) more than 210 thousand women were diagnosed with breast cancer.