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Your Health 11-01-12: Fighting breast cancer, a husband's perspective

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FIGHTING BREAST CANCER TURNS INTO A FAMILY STRUGGLE...

ABC 33/40'S LINDA MAYS TALKS WITH THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN DIAGNOSED WITH AN AGGRESSIVE BREAST CANCER...

HE SHARES THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THIS BATTLE FOR LIFE FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE.

THE BIG BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER FOR THOUSANDS OF WOMEN TAKES A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT.

DOCTORS, PATIENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, HUSBANDS AND WIVES.

 RONALD SELLERS HAS SNAPPED PICTURES OF HIS WIFE KIMBERLY AT THE SUSAN G. KOMAN RACE FOR THE CURE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

HE KNOWS SHE IS AMAZING AND STRONG.

STILL, HE KNOWS IT'S NOT JUST HER FIGHT -- BUT HIS TOO.

Ronald says, "When she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer we realized that was the worse king of breast cancer for African American women to be diagnosed with. It's a very aggressive breast cancer and there's not a treatment now but I believe there will be one day."

IN 2008, RONALD AND 45 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY WERE SHOCKED TO HEAR "IT'S CANCER."

NO FAMILY HISTORY, NEVER SMOKED, NEVER DRANK.

BEING PHYSICALLY FIT AND EATING HEALTHY WAS KIMBERLY'S WAY OF LIFE.

Ronald says, "She took the radiation and the chemo. and came out of it real good. She had a little hair loss no weight loss.No exterior changes that were visible. She went a year taking treatment after that they said she it was in remission."

AS A CAREGIVER, RONALD SAYS YOU MUST COMMIT TO FIGHTING BREAST CANCER WITH YOUR SPOUSE. HE FOLLOWED HIS OWN ADVICE TO HUSBANDS.

 Ronald says, "You have to commit to it from an angle of nothing else matters during this time, whatever she needs, whatever she wants. When a spouse is going through the challenge of chemo you want to give them something like this.. you want it to be with love, with care with genuineness with compassion."

IN 2011, KIMBERLY'S CANCER REOCCURED IN HER LUNGS.

AND IN JUNE THIS YEAR,RONALD SAYS, KIMBERLY COMPLAINED OF HEADACHES.

AN MRI EVENTUALLY REVEALED CANCER HAD SPREAD TO HER BRAIN.

 

HERE'S HOW RONALD EXPLAINS TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER.

THE HARDEST-HITTING CANCER A BLACK WOMAN COULD HAVE.

Ronald says, "It's almost like a lady trying to fight 45 big men at one time."

RONALD AND KIMBERLY APPLIED FAITH AND PRAYED FOR COMFORT.

HE SAYS, UNFORTUNATELY, THE DISEASE GOT A HEAD START ON KIMBERLY.

Ronald says, "When doctors told Kimberly there was no more they can do for her she said ok, when can I go home and I thought wow 25 54 44 she said ok when can I go home and she was ok. but she knew this wasn't gonna be the final place for her. She knew she could go to heaven. When you know you can live in a better place than what you're living in and you already qualify, you already bought your ticket you're ready to go to that place."

( Ronald reads scripture.. 1 Thessalonians 4: 14, 17.)

 GOD'S PROMISES PROVIDE RONALD COMFORT.

 A FAMILY CHERISHES THE MEMORIES OF A NURTURING MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN, A GRANDMOTHER OF SEVEN.

TO RONALD-- HE AND HIS WIFE OF 20 YEARS HAD A SPECIAL LOVE -- HE DESCRIBES IT AS THAT HIGH SCHOOL KIND OF LOVE.

 Ronald says, "She looked at me with that look like how a wife looks at a husband to say I'm ok if your ok. and she said as to say, I'm gonna see you again."

 STILL COMMITTED, RONALD CONTINUES TO RUN THE RACE FOR THE CURE AGAINST BREAST CANCER, TO BRING AWARENESS AND IN HOPES THAT OTHER WOMEN WILL LIVE.

Ronald says, "I'm gonna continue to talk about it . I'm gonna continue to bring awareness to it as long as I'm able."

 THANKS TO RONALD FOR TELLING HIS STORY/ KIMBERLY'S STORY TO BRING AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

ACCORDING TO CANCER EXPERTS ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF ALL BREAST CANCERS ARE TRIPLE-NEGATIVE AND THE WOMEN ARE YOUNGER-- THAN THE WOMEN WHO DEVELOP OTHER BREAST CANCERS.

IT STRIKES MOSTLY--AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC-WOMEN, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS.

THERE REALLY IS HOPE...UAB-SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A COMBINATION OF TWO EXISTING CANCER DRUGS CAN KILL TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER CELLS.

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