When Nicole turned 40, her best friend urged her to get her first mammogram.
“You’re the best mom I know – you’ll do anything for your kids,” said her friend, who had lost his mom to breast cancer years before. “Do this for your kids.”
She made an appointment, had the test and a few days later got the call.
Nicole, a single mom, had breast cancer. It had spread to two lymph nodes and invaded her chest wall.
“It was like I got hit by a truck,” Nicole recalled. “I was in a daze. I couldn’t even cry.”
The diagnosis was terrifying. But Nicole had two fabulous reasons to fight.
“I fought cancer for my kids,” said Nicole, now 47. “Honestly, they are the only reason I believed I could beat it when things got really tough. They make me strong.”
The journey that started a week before Christmas 2013 has had many challenges – including changing doctors just before surgery. “But I believe it was meant to be,” Nicole said of finding the right doctor, getting the right diagnosis and receiving the right treatment.