Breast cancer survivor says a right attitude is key
POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:30pm
PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (NBC33) — A lot of people are wearing pink this month, and we all know it's because of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some are supporters, and some are survivors.
Mindy LaBove is a mom, a wife, and has a love for life, even though it threw her a huge curveball.
"I knew at least nine or ten people that I'm friends with, have worked with or come in contact with and you really don't realize it until you are given that hand," Mindy said.
Mindy works with cancer patients, but she never imagined being on the other side of the table. Ten months ago, Mindy went in for a mammogram and something just didn't look right.
"From there, I went and had an ultrasound, and the radiologist came in and looked at it and told me I would need to have a biopsy," Mindy said. "So I was a little nervous at first, but as a kept going to the doctors and they would give me little bits of good news, then it would raise my spirits. Then I just tried to keep a positive attitude and just take it as it comes and live life as normal."
Normal for Mindy equals going to softball games and keeping up with her two kids.
"My little boy is seven, and I don't think he really understands," Mindy said. "He just says 'Mama got the cancer in her boob.' My daughter, she was 11 at the time, I think she kind of understood."
Mindy went through challenges most cancer patients face. She soon had to embrace a new hairstyle, but with the right attitude, you can make it through.
"Probably about two weeks after my first chemo, I could tell it was about to fall out, and I could pull it out just in clumps. So I told my husband, today's the day, we're going to shave it. So, I called my parents to come over, and we shaved my head. I think everybody else was a little bit upset, but at least I'm here for you to share it," Mindy shared.
Mindy is cancer free as of September.