JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Susan Johnson found a lump in her breast a while back that felt like a pea, she said.
She immediately thought it might be breast cancer.
She followed Buddy Check 12 faithfully and it inspired her to get mammograms. Her next mammogram picked up a spot in her breast that she could feel after the radiologist pointed it out to her.
That spot wasn't a lump. It was more like a thickening, she said.
Johnson said the doctors told her she had Stage 2 breast cancer. She opted for a bilateral mastectomy with 34 rounds of radiation and 8 rounds of chemo.
Now, she said, she's loving her hair, loving her life and getting ready to celebrate a 40th anniversary with her husband.
She believes God never gives you more than you can handle, she said. If you're not doing Buddy Check, "Shame on you."
That's because if you catch breast cancer early these days, your chances of beating it are better than 90 percent.
If you can't afford a mammogram, call the Mammogram Hotline. The number is 1-877-969-6266 and it's open 24 hours a day.
You might qualify for a free mammogram. The hotline is our project with Komen North Florida, the Race for the Cure folks.
You can also order a Buddy Check 12 kit at no charge. We'll mail it anywhere in the world for free. Just call our Buddy Check partner, Baptist Health, at 904-202-CARE.
Buddy Check 12 has saved hundreds of local women from dying of breast cancer.
First Coast News