My name is Kelly Cordts, I moved to Little Rock in
March of this year for a new job and a better life. As a single mother of two girls, I thought the move from Houston, Texas would do us all good. In August, I woke up on a Thursday morning with my right breast twice the size of my left breast. I thought I had an infection. I talked about this with my mother. I did not have a lump and no problems with my nipple, so I was not too concerned at the time. Two weeks later, a co-worker sent me an e-mail at work that was a news brief regarding inflammatory breast cancer. I watched it and knew that I had cancer. I was really upset at work and asked her if this was a joke. She said "no," and I explained my symptoms to her. I thank her each day for saving my life. Since her mom almost died from breast cancer, she gave me the name of a doctor in Little Rock that saved her mother's life. Due to this doctors diligence, within a week it was confirmed that I had one of the rarest, most aggressive breast cancers, inflammatory breast cancer. Once diagnosed you are automatically at stage 3. Although, I have just had two aggressive sessions of chemo, I will be at the race. I race for myself, for my children and all women of the world that have suffered or will suffer from breast cancer in the hopes that we can find a cure. I also race for all women to be made more aware of the different types of breast cancer including IBC where symptoms such as lumps and nipple discharge typically do not exist. My children and I feel blessed to be able to help and to show others that this can be overcome by standing strong against any odds and remembering that this strength really does exist in numbers. I pray that women come forward, and to not be scared, if any irregularities exist in their breast.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story.