Breast cancer is something Amy Evans never imagined could happen to her.
“It is something so hard. I mean you will never understand what that is like until you stand in the mirror and you have nothing there,” Evans said.
In 2016, Evans noticed a small lump in her breast. In the moment she did not think anything of it, but after some thought she decided to play it safe and visit her doctor. After a number of mammograms and an ultrasound, the doctors diagnosed Evans with Stage Three triple negative breast cancer.
“By the time they got me in, it has spread to both breasts. I had six months to either live and take chemo or I could have died,” Evans explained.
When Evans first found out, she instantly felt like her whole world had collapsed. She tried not to let it get to her, so she proceeded with chemotherapy because she was determined to live, even if that meant she had to face her biggest fears.
“I did not know, you know what people would think about me. I didn’t want them to judge me. Like when I first started going out, I had no hair, I had no boobs, I wore one of them bras. So I was embarrassed to go out,” Evans told us.
Besides feeling embarrassed of her condition, she felt like she missed out on a big part of her four-year- old daughter’s life. She wanted to be there, but she could not. Evans said both her husband and daughter were the ones who helped her through such a hard time in her life.
Right now, Evans is going through reconstructive surgery, while working at Grant’s Supermarket in Oak Hill. She said she continues to visit the cancer center every month, to make sure she is keeping up with her progress.
As she embarks on her journey to survival of breast cancer, she wants to spread a message. The message is women across the country should and need to get their regular mammograms.