When Vanessa Echols was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2004, she knew two things right off the bat: She would beat the aggressive intruder in her body, and she would get the word out — so that she could help others get the resources they need to overcome the terrible ordeal.
And she has made good on her commitment. Now, beyond the initial six months of chemotherapy and four surgeries, the WFTV Orlando news anchor is cancer free — and has been for 15 years. Since she personally knows the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany the diagnosis — anxiety, fear, pain, confusion, and grief — she has equipped herself with the right tools to get the job done.
Early Detection Is Key
The first thing she recommends to all women is to get regular mammograms. Now. “There is no excuse for missing that appointment,” she says. She adds that she felt fine and suspected nothing — the mammogram is what saved her life.
Listen to her story in her own words — her bravery and resilience will leave you inspired.