Cindy, ” I was like if ya’ll keep winning I’m gonna shave my head the next day and so the next day I came back and they were like your mom really did that.”
Cindy shaved her head to encourage the team, but what they didn’t know is that she was being treated for breast cancer and it was coming out anyway.
Cindy, “I know the kids were wondering why I had hair one day and it was falling out….I was gonna have to end up shaving it and I didn’t want them to be scared of me or look at me funny.”
In 2010 she found a lump and had reconstructive surgery…this second battle with breast cancer was found at stage 4 and this time there was pain in her chest and back, ” the tumor up here was pressing on my veins up here and i was getting to where i couldn’t breath very well.”
Dr. Mark Keaton, Augusta Oncology Associates, ” symptoms when breast cancer reoccurs can be multiple. Pain is a common symptoms of disease.”
Dr. Keaton has been practicing for more than 20 years and has seen better treatment for cancer patients over the years, “as these new medicines come on line, that will allow us to analyze the cancer and to specifically target your type of cancer.”
Cindy has seen her mother and grandmother face breast cancer and knows first hand how medicine has changed.
Cindy, “I remember my grandmother getting treatment and being sick all the time.”
As she was there to support her family, her son is there for her, “my biggest support is my son avery. He makes me get up everyday, he’s the reason I get up everyday.”
He’s part of the reason she wants to help others…by sharing her story.