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Young Mom Battles Stage 4 Cancer
CRITTENDEN, Ky. (Tiffany Wilson) -- This year its estimated more than 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
That's according to Susan G Koman.
Age is a big factor, but breast cancer can also affect younger women. Local 12's Tiffany Wilson introduces us to a young mother who discovered a lump when she was just 25 years old.
This family photo captures a moment of perfection, before cancer and chemo and Kevin shaving Tasha's head. In this portrait, they are whole and happy.
It's hard to know a before anymore because it's been the normal for so long.
When Cameron was a toddler, Tasha found a lump. Only 25 years old, she thought it must be a lingering problem from nursing. After months of ignoring the pain, her family convinced her to get checked.
Her husband said, Her doctor even said don't worry about it, you have a better chance of winning the lottery, his exact words. I guess she did win the lottery. The cancer lottery.
Tasha has no family history of breast cancer. She doesn't fit into any of the high risk groups. The doctors gave her an initial diagnosis of stage two.
I can just remember looking at Kevins face and my mom's face and that scared me because they were scared.
She battled radiation, chemotherapy, double mastectomy, hysterectomy, then remission. She beat it up, and it was gone for a year. But full recovery never came. Last year pain from her back grew in intensity until it could not be ignored. The cancer had metastasized into her bones, stage four.
That was really hard, hard on the boys too.
But the family says its also brought them closer, made them stronger.
Tasha says, The scary part for me is leaving my children. They're my everything. I can't imagine not being with them every day. That's the hardest part.
The Muhleisens are sharing their story to encourage other women to get checked, before it's too late.
You're your only advocate. If something's wrong don't wait.
The Muhleisen's say faith, family and friends have supported them through this journey. But it's taken a toll on their finances. There's a link to donate to their medical expenses just click the red, Get It, button.