MISHAWAKA — One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and the disease does not just affect women 40 and older.
Janel Sears of Mishawaka was 37 when she found out she had breast cancer. Her son, Kyle, was her first concern.
“I had a 5 year old son, so that was my first thought, what's going to happen to me? What's going to happen to him?” recalled Sears.
She said Kyle was, and continues to be, a great supporter. Sears had the lump removed, then chemotherapy, and radiation. She was cancer-free and back to focusing on life with her son by 2008.
Then, in June of '09 a mammogram revealed another spot under her right breast.
“It scared me enough to say I want a double mastectomy. So that's what I did, I chose to have that done,” Sears said.