Buddy Check: Abigail’s Story October 2017


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Each month we’re sharing stories of strength and survival of people right here in our area.
    In this month’s “Buddy Check”..  Eyewitness News Anchor Kelly Byrne  introduces you to one woman fighting breast cancer at a very young age.

It was an unimaginable diagnosis for 25 year old Abigail Koch.
Working in the medicial field she knows the signs and symptoms.
“I found a lump and it was painful. And working in the radiology department, I called my doctor and got the scripts to get an ultrasound and mamo. And I knew exactly once I saw the screen, what it was.”

A tumor on her pectoralis muscle.means a long road of treatment ahead.
But it doesn’t stop her from living her life like any other 25 year old.

“There’s so much going on in my life, I literally got a diagnosis, a house, and a full time job within in a week of each other.”  Said Abigail

The life changes, like purchasing a new home keep her busy  helping her through the toughest battle.

It’s a process.. but Abigail looks forward to the finish line.
Just as she does. with her cancer..

“it’s not the best time of life going through chemo and being tired all the time, but I’m just trying to get through day by day. Work and house and living my normal life like i never even knew I had cancer.”

This is your Monthly Reminder To Call Your Buddy to remind them to do a breast self-exam.
    It’s a call that could save a life

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Each month, we feature people and events in the fight against Breast Cancer and other devastating cancers. We share inspiring stories of survival from people throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania in hopes it will help others live a healthy, happy life.

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Awareness, screenings, and early detection are the keys in the fight against breast cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%. That’s why Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania created the Gallery of Hope.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.


The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.

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