Woman spreads breast cancer awareness after mother's death
POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:10am
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:44am
EL PASO (KTSM) — A woman shared her story about how breast cancer changed her life forever.
"She knew something was just not right. In the shower, (she) found a lump. Not a very big lump. She knew something was going on and she went and had a mammogram," said Christina Velasco.
Doctors didn't find anything. But after Oliva Velasco insisted they do more tests, doctors told her the devastating news that she had breast cancer.
"Why my mom? My mom’s never been sick," said Christina Velasco.
The mother and grandmother didn't ask why. She just knew she was going to fight it.
"She kept telling everybody, 'I’m on borrowed time but I’m getting as much as I can,'" said Christina Velasco.
Doctors treated Oliva with chemotherapy. For 18 years, she was in remission several times, but the aggressive cancer never went away.
Her daughter Christina had been involved in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure for many years and finally her mom, Oliva was able to participate two years ago.
"She was just so moved. And it was just different to watch it through her eyes and we lost her two months later," said Christina Oliva. "The person who had always fought and taught us how to fight was not there anymore and that was very difficult."
Christina now works as board president for the Susan G Komen for the Cure in El Paso in honor of her mother.
"I remember what it felt like to sit across the table from her and be told that she has breast cancer and no woman should have to have that conversation with anyone," said Christina Velasco. "Too many women are suffering from this, and men and we can't stop till we find the cure."
Christina said women need to be aware of their bodies. If something is not right, talk to a doctor and get screened.
For more information about breast cancer, resources and events, visit http://komenelpaso.org/.