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Buddy Check: Woman who Fought Breast Cancer Urges Others to do Breast Exams

10:23 PM, Jul 12, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- So what was it? A whole can of hair spray a week?

Whatever, we worked hard on our poofy hair in the early 1990s --- and we worked hard to get the message out that catching breast cancer early is critical.

FCN Anchor Jeannie Blaylock aired a story in the 1990s about a Jacksonville woman who found a lump. It was cancer.

The same night that story aired, a young mom in Arlington, Christie Lesser, watched the Buddy Check story and decided to do a self exam for the first time.

But, she thought, she wasn't older like the lady in the story; surely, she was too young for breast cancer.

However, at age 33, Lesser had breast cancer. Her lump, she remembers clearly, felt like a piece of bread wadded up tightly.

Back then, her son and daughter were 2 and 6, and Lesser was scared her children would grow up and never know her.

But, she said, she has survived and her story is a message to all moms: Check!

If you find a lump, especially a hard one, call your doctor.  Remember, breast cancer typically does not hurt. We'll send you a Buddy Check 12 kit for free.  Just call 904-202-CARE to our partner, Baptist Health.

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