AJ Mabry – Breast Cancer Story

When I was nine years old my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer, also within the next three years of my grandma’s diagnosis I had five of my aunts get diagnosed with breast cancer as well. I was fairly young when these six of my family members were battling breast cancer, but it all started to become very real to me when  one of my aunts passed away from breast cancer. Years later all of my other aunts and my grandma had beat breast cancer and were in remission. Then it came back, during my senior year of high school my grandma was re diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. By this time I was fully aware of how serious and scary breast cancer was. I knew my grandma was one of the strongest women I’ve ever met, but breast cancer for the second time around is terrifying. During my senior year of high school my grandma came to one of my volleyball games and my whole team wore pink headbands or pink socks during our game to support her. Thankfully, within the next year we found out the cancer was gone and my grandma had beat breast cancer for the second time!! So obviously breast cancer has had a huge part in many of my family members’ lives, and their individual battles with it have been so inspiring to me and many others. I’m so thankful for all the research and medicine that has been discovered over the years that ultimately played a huge part in them beating cancer. Through Think Pink I can only hope that they will continue to learn about ways to cure Breast Cancer so that no one has to lose a loved one to this horrible disease like my family did.

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