A breast cancer advocate shares her story

A breast cancer advocate shares her story

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Beth Knapp is a breast cancer advocate and has been for more than a decade.

She's been part of the Race for the Cure many times, but this year, it has a very different meaning.

Knapp is the Executive Director of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and former head of Evansville's Susan G. Komen office.

She's met countless women who've needed hope as they fight breast cancer.

Then three months ago, "I kind of had a feeling immediately when they got to the ultrasound."

Beth found herself needing resources instead of giving them.

She became one of the women she'd helped.  A woman with breast cancer.

"Until you go through something you're never really prepared," said Beth.

Because of a history of breast cancer on both sides of her family, she started getting mammograms early at age 35.

Call back were normal because of her dense tissue.

But in June, those second looks were followed by a diagnosis: invasive ductal carcinoma.

Because they caught it early and the cancer wasn't too aggressive, Beth says she had more options when it came to treatment.

She decided to have both breasts removed and go through reconstruction.

She'll likely be on a treatment regiment for the next ten years.

"If you have that fear like, what if they find something? You have to think about it, what if they don't find it early? You know, what if I waited? What if I wouldn't have gone in this year? It could not have changed it all, but yet it could have doubled in size."

Which is why Beth wants all women to take this advice to heart, "I would tell any woman 40 years or older to absolutely get your screening mammogram. I would encourage daughters to make sure their mothers, husbands to make sure their wives, friends, sisters just get your screening. It takes 15 minutes and then you have the peace of mind and then just keep getting those screenings."

Cancer is now a big part of Beth's world too, but she still has plenty of home and no plans to slow down.

"Yes, I am a breast cancer survivor. But, I'm still Beth Knapp and I'm still a mom and a wife and an advocate. And I just need to be normal. And do my normal things. So for me that's how I'm gonna get through it. So my normal activities are to go, go, go, and that's what I do."

A reminder that the Race for the Cure is set to take place Sunday at Evansville's Eastland Mall.

The 5K run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and the one-mile family fun run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

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If you can't make it to the race, we'll be streaking the events leading up to live - live - from about 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. on our website and our mobile app.

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