I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Kathryn Nunez
I was living in Blue Springs, MO when I first found the lump during a self-breast exam. I scheduled a mammogram immediately. After the mammogram I was told I was too young to have breast cancer and it was probably due to caffeine. During the next three years, and after I had numerous mammograms and changed physicians a few times, I was finally diagnosed with Stage 1 DCIS. I had a lumpectomy with a wide excision and no lymph nodes came back positive.
I began my radiation treatment afterward; I was lucky enough to not have to do chemotherapy as well. Back when I was diagnosed this was still a bit of a taboo disease, but I was able to get through my treatment with the support of my family.
Although I did not reach out to SGK when I was going through treatment, it became a big part of my life in later years. I first volunteered for SGK in Reno, Nevada. I started as a National Sponsor Liaison, then National Sponsor Liaison and Fundraising Co-Chair, Operations Chair and then Race Chair. I moved to Richmond, VA and was on the Speakers Bureau for a year when I moved again to Indianapolis, IN. The ladies I worked with at SGK were the most caring, dedicated volunteers I have ever met.
I am happy to say that I have been a survivor for 25 years. It is important to know your body since breast self awareness and early diagnosis are crucial to surviving breast cancer. Most importantly, know that you don’t have to go through this alone. Reach out to a Komen affiliate for answers and assistance and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Story by Pypeline Editing
Kathryn Nunez at Susan G. Komen 3-Day Race