HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) It’s a story like no other we’ve seen in our Buddy Check.
A mother, a daughter and a whole lot of love and support to battle breast cancer.
Our Jasmine Brooks reports from Hazle Township.
They say “God only gives us what we can handle”, but how about the idea of having breast cancer just weeks before you’re baby is due?
How do you face that?
“I would have never thought that I had breast cancer. We had no history of it in our entire family.” Said Kelly Valovich, Breast Cancer Survivor
Doctors told Kelly Valovich a lump on her breast was most likely just a milk duct…after all, she was pregnant.
Kelly swept the thought under the carpet for more than two-years, keeping busy raising her two-sons.
But eventually. “Something made my hand go to that spot again.”
It was that self breast exam that would change Kelly’s life forever.
“It feels like a rock under your skin. So like you know the difference in the lump. So that’s how you know it is different. So i had gone for the ultrasound and i knew it wasn’t a cyst.”said Kelly
The mom of two was diagnosed with breast cancer and her fight wasn’t easy..
“Our playroom was on the main floor. I would close the door, they were two and three, and I would put pop tarts and juice and I would lay on the couch.”
“I would come here and say get up, get moving. I guess I’m old school where you just..oh yeah, old school….” said Margaret Galada, a Breast Cancer Survivor
Kelly’s mom Margaret helped take care of the boys until her daughter was well again.
But 5 years after Kelly was diagnosed. the unthinkable happened.
“The more testing they did, the more i knew it wasn’t a good prognosis.” said Margaret
What started as a routine mammogram, ultimately ended with Margaret’s breast cancer diagnosis.
“It was very hard. I knew what to expect, but it was still really hard.” added Margaret
But there’s a happy ending to their journey and a life filled with a lot of energy!
Today Kelly and Margaret are heathly…..and eager to share their advice with others.
Kelly has this advice “Cancer isn’t a death sentence. If you find something, get it taken care of immediately.”
And this our reminder to you call your Buddy to Remind them to do a Breast Self Exam- it is a call that could save life.