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Living With Cancer at 22: Kristin Moya #WCW

April 25, 2018

For today's #WCW, I wanted to give a shout-out to Kristin Moya, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 22. Here is an excerpt out from her blog entry, originally published by Susan. G. Komen. Full story here.

February 8th, I said goodbye to my 32A boobies and welcomed the reconstruction of my new pair. Boy, was that the most painful surgery of my life. But it does not end there. After having a lymph node biopsy during surgery, it was discovered that one out of three lymph nodes removed showed signs of microscopic cancer cells present. Now, I am scheduled to receive radiation therapy as a preventive measure. However, more challenging events have occurred since then.

 

On March 29th, I was scheduled for an emergency surgery to clear out a staph infection found in the area of my left breast. Remaining positive, I was more than happy to undergo the surgery to replace my breast expander. Now, radiation is pushed back for a few more weeks until my immune system is stronger and my breast wound heals! ⠀

But the truth is 23 years old or not, I am still standing, I am still breathing, and I am still me. I hope to inspire other young women to self check their breasts because the pain I endured throughout my battle is something I would not wish upon anyone! My perspective on life has changed completely and its a perspective not many can relate too. I can tell you one thing, cancer was a life changing experience, but I am a happier person now than I have ever been before. Life through my eyes and any other person who has had cancer is different than what it used to be. #morethenpink #sickchicks

-Kristin Moya

@kristin_marisa

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