Many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer experience a range of emotions. Still, after beating the disease, a surprising new sentiment often rises to the surface - depression.
That's exactly how Darlene Chavers felt after she had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation almost two years ago, according to the Gadsden Times
. After undergoing such emotionally and physically-draining procedures, she knew she needed some help.
However, when she realized there were no support groups in close proximity, the Mobile, Alabama resident decided to create her own. The 54-year-old is leading the BFF - Breast Friends Forever group - which meets once a month.
"I felt like there are a lot of people who could use it," the mother of three told the news source.
Chavers's journey began in 2008, after discovering a lump in her left breast. After a mammogram yielded inconclusive results, she sought the advice of another doctor, who gave her the devastating news. She is happy to report she is now cancer free.
"I just knew something wasn't right. If I'd waited a year I wouldn't be here," she told the news outlet.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 undergo a yearly mammogram.