CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) In this month’s Buddy Check a woman discovered multiple lumps, and has been diagnosed with a rare disorder.
Our Jasmine Brooks has Deb’s Story.
Deb Lydon has a passion for entertaining…..
“I’ve always been on stage performing, in theater.”
But when it comes to the former music teacher’s rare disorder….she says, that’s no act.
After four-years of surgeries and testing doctors diagnosed Deb with “Cowden’s Syndrome”.
The disorder is characterized by multiple noncancerous, tumor like growths and a risk of developing certain cancers particularly breast cancer.
“Tumors one and five were considered breast cancer. The rest of them fell into the category of Cowden’s syndrome.” said Deb
Deb says, living with Cowden’s syndrome isn’t easy.
Since 2004, she has had 15-surgeries,the most recent in October.
Her sense of humor makes it hard to believe what she’s going through, but deb is determined to fight through her disorder.
“Every four weeks I am in the hospital. I have gone through 2 rounds of chemo, I get both internal and external injections. I am on medications, my kitchen looks like CVS, but that’s what I have to do, I am going to have a birthday at Christmas.”
If is a reminder to call your Buddy and Remind them to do a breast self exam= It is a call that could save a life,.