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Breast cancer survivor shares her story

The Race Space is open to register for the run and buy swag. (Photo KATV)

At 38 years of age, thinking this would never happen to her, Whitney Perser was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 22, 2016. Her mother was diagnosed when she was 41, however, the cancers were not genetically connected.

“I had been told since my testing was negative, my baseline mammogram was normal that I wouldn’t need another follow up until I was 40,” said Perser. “So, when I felt the lump I kind of blew it off with this false sense of security thinking I’m negative.”

Immediately, Whitney wanted a double mastectomy. Chemo was not on her radar.

“The hardest thing for me was I did not want to lose my hair,” said Perser.

After six chemo treatments, Whitney lost her hair, but her friends and family rallied around her.

“I’ve always been a strong individual, but this made me superwoman. This year and a half made me realize that there’s not anything that I can’t do,” said Perser.

Whitney is adamant about informing women about what happens when going through breast cancer and reconstructive surgery.

“You get this pink book when you are diagnosed. It looks all cheery and it tells you all these different things, but not everything applies to you and it doesn’t always have the real nitty-gritty stuff that people don’t talk to you about," said Perser.

After a year and a half, this survivor is inspiring the pink world and encouraging other fighters to keep on.

“I feel great. I’m waiting for this hair to grow out, and I’m just rocking along” said Perser.

In the interview below, we have a close look inside the Race Space, located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center.


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