Repetition helps metro area woman find breast cancer

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Sharon Leba of Columbia Heights is spending her free time these days working on a latch hook rug of a waterfall. She says, “My mom did a lot of sewing you know. Since I never took any sewing classes from her, I thought this would be the next best thing.” The 48-year-old Leba enjoys the repetition of twisting, pulling, and looping the yarn, “It keeps my mind occupied.” Repetition has been good for another aspect of her health too. Leba has been repeatedly and faithfully doing monthly self-breast exams with the help of email reminders from Buddy Check 11. “My mother had it and my grandma had it so I was told by the doctors that I was a good candidate for breast cancer.” In October of 2005, at her annual mammogram, Leba was diagnosed with breast cancer too. She says, “I figured somewhere down the line, I knew I would get it. After watching her mother battle breast cancer, she says she took the diagnosis rather well. It was losing her hair that was hard. “The first time I took a shower and I saw all the hair in my hands go down the drain I just started crying.” But she had someone to go through it with her. Leba's aunt was also diagnosed around the same time. Now they’ve both had their chemo and Leba says they’re both doing well. Leba’s thrilled that her hair is coming back too. While she may not have gotten sewing lessons from her mother, she got a much more important lesson, one that helped her find her cancer early. She says, “The earlier you catch it, the better off you are.” To sign up for monthly Buddy Check 11 e-mail reminders, click http://www.kare11.com/life/community/health/buddy/buddy_main.aspx By Renee Tessman, KARE 11 News Sharon Leba of Columbia Heights is spending her free time these days working on a latch hook rug of a waterfall. She says, “My mom did a lot of sewing you know. Since I never took any sewing classes from her, I thought this would be the next best thing.” The 48-year-old Leba enjoys the repetition of twisting, pulling, and looping the yarn, “It keeps my mind occupied.” Repetition has been good for another aspect of her health too. Leba has been repeatedly and faithfully doing monthly self-breast exams with the help of email reminders from Buddy Check 11. “My mother had it and my grandma had it so I was told by the doctors that I was a good candidate for breast cancer.” In October of 2005, at her annual mammogram, Leba was diagnosed with breast cancer too. She says, “I figured somewhere down the line, I knew I would get it. After watching her mother battle breast cancer, she says she took the diagnosis rather well. It was losing her hair that was hard. “The first time I took a shower and I saw all the hair in my hands go down the drain I just started crying.” But she had someone to go through it with her. Leba's aunt was also diagnosed around the same time. Now they’ve both had their chemo and Leba says they’re both doing well. Leba’s thrilled that her hair is coming back too. While she may not have gotten sewing lessons from her mother, she got a much more important lesson, one that helped her find her cancer early. She says, “The earlier you catch it, the better off you are.” To sign up for monthly Buddy Check 11 e-mail reminders, Click Here

By Renee Tessman, KARE 11 News

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