Buddy Check: Brittney’s Story


TAYLOR, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) 19-year-old Brittney Beadle loves yoga, her cat “Snooki”, and being an aunt to this little cutie, Rosie.
   She’s vivacious, beautiful….and strong.

 “Did you ever hear fight like a girl? Well, I’m fighting like a girl…And i won.”

    Behind the pink boxing gloves is a young woman who’s gone through hell and back.
    At just 18-year-old, Brittney began her fight against breast cancer.

“it felt like I was in a bad dream almost and it still feels like that. Like sometimes I feel like I’m just going to wake up and it’s going to be a dream.”

    Last February Brittney noticed an usual lump on her right breast.

“i went to go get it checked out, but because of my age they told me “18-year-olds can’t get breast cancer, don’t worry about it.”

    That statement didn’t sit well with Brittney’s mom, Karla.
“At that point I got chills, and I said Britt, what do you mean? They saw a mass, but it’s not cancer. What is the mass?”

    Doctors told Brittney to come back in six-months, but the lump continued to grow.
    By June, Brittney was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma.

“So, and they said it was the most common one that you know, most women get. So that was a good thing! What they didn’t know was that it had spread to her bones, lymph nodes and liver.” Karla told Eyewitness News.

 Brittney said everything happened so fast.
“It was crazy because right after I found out, a week later I had a double mastectomy and I felt like everything was just going really fast and I didn’t really have time to take it in and like realize that was going on was real.”

     It wasn’t until after her double mastectomy, doctors told Brittney, she had stage four breast cancer.
    Her first chemo treatment was just hours before her high school graduation….but she made it.

 “I was still like you know, happy and everything, but I still had the bad gut feeling, like oh my god.”

    But Brittney continued to fight….and by October, she kicked cancer’s butt.

“I actually went through remission fast. All the doctors were like, “Wow, this doesn’t happen. No one goes into remission that fast.”

    Breast cancer has changed Brittney and her outlook on life.

“I  feel like I am a better person now. I really look at life like it’s a gift.”

Brittney will continue with maintenance chemo for the rest of her life, but she’s not letting that stop her from making her dreams come true.

She’s looking ahead to reconstructive surgery, becoming a certified yoga instructor, and with the help of her mother as the surrogate, Brittney hopes to have her own children.
    It is January 28th- and time for a Buddy Check.  We remind you 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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