Kristy and Mike Sprinkle look like they could be coming home from a Wolf Pack game or the beach. But not on this day. They've just arrived from Renown Cancer Institute. This was Kristy's first day of chemo.
While getting ready for work, on her 37th birthday back in May, Kristy felt a lump on her breast. She disregarded it thinking it was a cyst. "When I went to check it again it had grown in size, it wasn't painful. All the things they tell you to watch out for."
A mammogram and biopsy confirmed it was breast cancer. "Honestly I feel like I'm still in shock a little bit. I told Michael today I think it's so strange when I get paperwork that have a diagnosis of breast cancer or malignant cancer, things like that it's just so bizarre."
During her double mastectomy, doctors discovered the disease had spread to lymph nodes. Eight sessions of chemo over the next 16 weeks is the treatment. "I think that's part of what's so scary of having a cancer diagnosis is you feel as though you don't have any control."
Kristy lost her mom to breast cancer when she was just 7 years old. She thought her mom died of lung cancer until she learned recently it was breast cancer that had spread. She says talking to your family about family health history is vital. "Had I have known that it was breast cancer that I would have been more diligent about advocating for myself."
To help in the fight against breast cancer, you can participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Sunday, October 7th at the GSR.
Race day registration begins at 6:45am. The race begins at 9am.
For more information go to http://www.komennorthnv.org/