For years, she was told that the lump was nothing, just changes in her breast or milk. After breast feeding her infant son, Reid, Michelle demanded a mammogram to get a closer look at the lump she had been feeling. Her doctor’s words “You are too young... the techs will laugh…” were, unfortunately, very wrong. She was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer and spent three years in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy and reconstruction). The cancer seemed to be in remission, but in 2008, it returned in the form of metastatic breast cancer, now in her bones, liver and chest. There was no need for Michelle’s story to be like this.
Michelle’s Angels walk to raise awareness that breast cancer is a disease of women, old and young alike. They walk in honor of those currently fighting, and, in memory of those who fought valiantly and are no longer with us, and as a reminder that there is a happy, wonderful life after a cancer diagnosis.
Since its inception, Michelle’s Angels has successfully raised over $70,000 towards treatment, research, and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
“I don’t want to waste my cancer. I am dedicated to creating something positive out of this negative situation through Michelle’s Angels. I have worked hard to look for silver linings, to this hand of cards I have been dealt. If my ordeal can attract attention to the cause, or get someone to seek a second opinion, a mammogram or a biopsy, then we are making headway. I hope my story will inspire someone to live their life to the fullest, and get active (if I can do it, anyone can do it!) or put their problems really into perspective.” - Michelle Bynum