Lafayette,LA- One determined breast cancer survivor told NEWS15 that they didn't let the disease get the best of them.
Two years ago, Courtney Sion performed an at home self-breast exam and realized something didn't feel right. "I was in the bathtub taking a shower and washing me washing me and I felt this lump. It was a little small lump, it started off this small literally and then it just grew.
Only twenty-five years old at the time, after several tests and exams, she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer but said she did not let cancer get the best of her through it all. "I had a very positive spirit, all my family and friends, they were positive. They would lift me. They kind of kept me going."
Fourteen rounds of chemo, 30 rounds of radiation, and four surgeries later, the feeling of ringing the bell, tears of joy. Beating cancer… was a huge accomplishment for her, "I was not going to cry like okay that's going to bring me down but as I rung the bell just the tears. It was happy tears. This is what I wanted this was my goal to complete it and I did it."
Owner and medical director at Breast Cancer of Acadiana Dr. Gary Matthew says that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. He says mammograms are necessary, "Once a year. This is the best way to detect cancer early and by detecting it early we can save lives."
Dr. Matthews says he has noticed a decrease in mammogram checkups due to covid, but hopes they start to pick back up, "More late-stage breast cancer are being found. It's a slight increase that's happening because women have been putting off for the past two years."
Meanwhile… Sion continues to thrive. she has one message for breast cancer, "You picked the wrong girl. I did not lose you did."
The C-D-C says that breast cancer is still the leader in new cancer cases and second in cancer deaths in the U.S. for women. To get more information about breast cancer, such as what it is and how it forms and the signs and symptoms of the disease.