Transcript: Kelly Prasser's Breast Cancer Story

A patient shares how cancer has affected her family.

My name is Kelly Prasser and I'm a breast cancer survivor. Not once, but twice. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of September 2004 after losing both of my parents to different cancers. And I have to tell you it was a really hard time for me. Not only because I just lost my mother and father but I had my 87-year-old grandmother living with me. She had just lost her baby boy and now she had to watch her granddaughter go through cancer. I also had two very young sons at the time, so to try and explain to them how I was going to be going through something their grandpa and grandma had just gone through was really tough.

I have to thank the folks at Sharp Grossmont because it was probably the guy who took my mammogram, or looked at my mammogram rather, that saved my life a second time. He saw a little shadow on the mammogram and had me come back in. And it's that kind of quality care and attention to detail that makes a difference to a person like me, who not only survived it once, but now two times.

My sons, you know, they helped me a lot. My older one was my cheerleader, Kennedy. And my younger one, Christian, was my drill sergeant. I think the most important thing for me is that I get to wake up every day and every day is a new day, and I'm lucky to be here and I'm lucky to spend it with the people I love.

My advice for anybody who is having to go through breast cancer is please stay strong, stay positive and make sure you build that network, build that team — whether it's your doctors, or your family, your friends or coworkers. I think it makes all the difference in the world to have a real strong team behind you. And know that you are not alone, and there are a lot of people who have walked the walk already and who will want to walk the walk with you during this. You will get through it. I did.