Local Breast Cancer Survivor Tells Her Story

In 2014, it is estimated there will be 40,000 breast cancer deaths in the United States.

Leslie Ledet is a breast cancer survivor. Ledet says, “You go through several emotions. You know, I went from being sad, being mad, being glad that there is something they can do.”

On September 25th, 2007, at age 37, Ledet was diagnosed with three types of breast cancer. Ledet also says, “My daughter was 16 at the time and it was hard on her. She, you know, ‘Who’s going to do my wedding,’ she thought cancer, death.”

Ledet survived and she watched her little girl get married and is seeing her granddaughter grow up. Ledet advises women to start getting mammograms as early as possible and to conduct self-examinations. Ledet also says, “If you feel anything suspicious, go immediately. Don’t wait and go, ‘Oh, it’s probably this.’ They told me cancer doesn’t hurt. That’s how I found mine was a self-exam because I was having a pain.”

On Saturday, one of the largest breast cancer awareness events globally is making its debut in south Mississippi. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K will start at 9 a.m. on September 6th at Jones Park in Gulfport. Ledet is one of the many members of the breast cancer community who will be there.

Ledet closes, “It’s just amazing how these people get together and they stick together. We have breast sisters. I mean, it’s amazing.”

WXXV is the top sponsor for the Susan G. Komen 5K on Saturday and will be joining Ledet and all others walking.

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