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Focus on faith, family carry cancer survivor through difficult year

Jacobs serves as Relay honorary co-chair

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KANDY JACOBS

Last July, Rushsylvania resident Kandy Jacobs enjoyed a week-long camping trip in Indiana with her family that was nearly picture perfect, except for a lingering concern that often crossed her mind.

While Mrs. Jacobs spent each day on new adventures with her husband, Chad, and children, Breshon and Britanna, it was at nighttime that she had time to think about a recent discovery — a lump she found in her breast during a self-exam.

“I worried about it at night; I would cry about it,” she said. “I knew that I’d have to get it checked out right when we got home.”

Following the vacation, she made an appointment with her family doctor and was told that she likely had mastitis. However, during follow-up visits with a specialist, a biopsy, ultrasound and mammogram were conducted, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer Aug. 7.

“After losing my grandmother to leukemia, and my mother-in-law to colon cancer a few years before, of course I thought the worst,” she said. “So I cried for a week and felt sorry for myself, thought maybe I could die.

 

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