Race for the Cure: Survivor's life lesson



Posted on October 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 22 at 4:25 PM

We all know mammograms and self breast exams can help women detect breast cancer. Linda Waggoner used to teach other woman how to do self breast exams.

Now she’s advising women to do even more -- to look in the mirror every day. She says that saved her life.

Five years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Before I even got home my doctor called me and said you have breast cancer,” said Waggoner.

It’s something she had feared. She had done regular self breast exams but did not feel a lump.

“I saw a dimple and I thought this is not good,” she said.

Experts say signs of breast cancer can include a lump an area of thickening or a dimple in the breast.

“You always hope for the best. When I saw the dimple, I was like this is probably breast cancer but then I thought, this can’t happen to me,” said Waggoner.

She endured months of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy keeping a positive attitude the entire time.

“Let’s just keep looking forward and do what we have to do. I got on the internet and started doing a ton of research,” she said. “A lot of women don't want to know exactly what is wrong and what options are out there. But the more you know, the more options there are.”

She’s grateful to consider herself a survivor, but reminds other women to take charge of their health.

“Be vigilant in monthly exams,” she said.

Join this year's Race for the Cure

We hope you’ll join us at this year’s Race for the Cure. We invite you to  join the KVUE team Sunday, November 7th at the Domain.

The run starts at 7:30 a.m., the walk begins at 8 a.m.

You can register here.