Fighting breast cancer with her faith
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We hear so many amazing stories, not only from survivors, but from those on the front lines.
Laura Pigott is fighting breast cancer. Her journey started with pain- real, physical pain- she started noticing after kick-boxing classes.
"One day I came home, and I was like, 'Oh,' and I felt a big lump there."
Laura, is just 44 years old, and has no family history of breast cancer, so she was not panicked. In fact, it had been a while since the working mother of three had her last mammogram.
"i had one five years ago and I hadn't been since," Laura tells me.
So, Laura's doctor ordered one. A few days after she had it, the doctor called Laura in for a biopsy. In that moment, everything changed.
"I kinda knew that it was cancerous at that point."
Laura has stage three breast cancer. It spread to her lymph nodes.
She's in chemotherapy now, facing surgery, radiation and more chemotherapy down the road.
"So, I'm rockin this bald head because I am going to be having it for a while."
When Laura began to lose her hair, she even turned it into a party.
"All the neighborhood kids- we have a little video of it- everybody shaved my head," Laura says.
It's not just Laura's friends and family helping her fight through breast cancer, she says, "It's really, really awesome how many wonderful people there are."
One of the most wonderful people Laura has run across is Marsha Schmit, the breast navigator at Hurley Medical Cen ter.
"She's really cool. I don't know how I would have done it without her. You don't want to call the doctor all the time, becasue you can't do that to them," Laura says, "She's been there for me like you wouldn't believe."
Moral support and a survivor's insight are not the only help Marsha and Hurley's breast cancer navigator program offer.
"I have a feeling if i called her right now and had any kind of a financial like- I need groceries, I need whatever, that she would make it happen," Laura says.
The only thing stronger than Kaura's support system- her faith- it's what she believes will make her a survivor, "I truly know that I am going to be fine. I know it."
Marsha Schmitt says she is seeing an alarming number of younger women - like Laura- facing brest cancer.
One way you can help Marsha help more women through the breast navigator program is to head out tonight to Pink Night Palooza.
It's at Holiday Inn Gateway Center from 5 PM to 11 PM. Tckets are $55.