Taking on Breast Cancer: Andrea Leonard's Story

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By Karen McNew McGuire on October 5, 2017

Andrea Leonard is only in her mid-30s, yet she’s fighting breast cancer.

Her journey began this year when she found a lump in her breast. She called her family doctor and said,   “I don’t know what to do. I don’t know who to see. It is scary.”

They asked her to come in at once, and Kim Evans, the physician assistant, helped Andrea decide what steps to take.

“I stay very positive and I cry with patients,” Kim said. “Then we just figure it out.”

She advised Andrea to get a mammogram and a sonogram with a possible biopsy.

“That was very scary,” Andrea said. “Within a week or less I was at the breast care center, seeing the doctor there and getting my very first mammogram.”

Andrea’s husband Frankie and son Griffin were by her side, lending support.

“It’s really important to have some sense of normalcy in a time that is so scary and not normal,” Andrea said.

From there things moved quickly. Andrea began chemo—she’s since had 50 hours—and is now undergoing radiation treatments.

“I didn’t want cancer and chemo to take my hair from me, but we had a big party potluck and buzz cut,” Andrea recalled. “We had probably 50 or 60 of our friends here and had a big garage party and shaved my head.”

Today Andrea says she is thankful for her family and friends—and for Kim. Kim in turn wishes she could do more.

“That is a huge thing they are going through,” she noted.

“She was wonderful,” Andrea insisted. “She hugged me, and she still calls and checks on me.”

Talk to your doctor today about your risk of breast cancer and how often you should be screened.