Tag: Breast Cancer
“I feel guilty. As a parent, I feel guilty that I’m healthy and she’s not.” Brenda Hensley, a 54-year-old elementary school teacher in Jacksonville, North Carolina shares her feelings about what it was like when her daughter, Krystle, was diagnosed with cancer. “We have the same genetic makeup, but she got cancer, and I didn’t. I know I will have to live with the fact that my genes were passed down to my baby girl, forcing her to fight for her physical and mental life, causing her to lose friendships, lose her hair, and lose her ability to bear children.”
Krystle’s journey started in July of 2016, when she was a 27 year old graduate student at Tulane, and had her whole life ahead of her when she felt a bump during a breast self-examination. When the results of her mammogram came in, Krystle was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, more commonly known as stage 1 breast cancer.