When Connecticut resident Christine Willet was seven months pregnant, she was forced to deal with a difficult diagnosis: breast cancer.
At thirty years old, Willet found out that she had Stage IIB breast cancer after noticing a lump on her right side. "There was a big lump when I went to scratch," she told the Associated Press. "I knew from the moment I felt it that it wasn't good."
Willet's doctor informed her that hormone fluctuations induced by her pregnancy most likely made the breast cancer more easily detectable.
Shortly after the lump was detected, Willet underwent surgery. After she gave birth to her second son, Chase, she began chemotherapy treatments. Willet finished treatment on August 30, 2010, and immediately returned to teaching elementary school mathematics the following day.
Willet made Pink Ribbon
activities news when she established the nonprofit group After the Storm in 2009. The group seeks to aid breast cancer survivors in a variety of ways, from emotional and physical healing to monetary support.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that women can help lower their risk of breast cancer in a variety of ways, including getting regular screenings, controlling your weight and exercising, limiting your alcohol consumption and being aware of your family's medical history.