Buddy Check 6: October - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Buddy Check 6: October

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month....and as News Channel 6 helps to raise awareness, we celebrate a survivor who's bringing inspiration to many on her journey.
In this month's Buddy Check 6 report we focus on Ashley Horne.

Talk about an unforgettable birthday,in 2012, the day before she turned 25, Ashley Horne  was diagnosed with breast cancer, "I just kinda sat there and was like why is everybody crying, I've gotta go and pick up the kids from daycare. I don't think it quit registered at first."

While the average age for a cancer patient is 65, younger women are increasingly being diagnosed with the disease, "no I didn't think it was impossible, but very unlikely I have no family history and no medical issues. it's not something I would have ever thought would have happened to me."

A study published in the journal of the american medical association reported a 2 percent increase in the number of women, ages 25 to 39, being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

While raising her young family, ashley, who is also a register nurse, continued to fight the disease.....with her husband and children serving as her inspiration, "I spend a lot more time with the kids, and extra curricular activities, trying to see family that i don't see a lot and things like that."

Ashley faced surgery, a Mastectomy, Chemotherapy and Radiation, and although she's only 25, she has some great advice to share..."you have to be your own advocate, if you feel like something is wrong, most likely it is wrong, you should get it checked out, get 2nd opinions, and most importantly, don't think that it can't happen to you."

Words and perspective that she lives by.....while sharing a message of hope. 

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