Mom, 26, celebrates final month of treatment following breast cancer diagnosis
Imagine the stress of being a mom to a 7, 4 and 2-year-old. Now, imagine having stage 3 breast cancer at the same time.
In this month's Buddy Check 7 report, an update on a woman who has become sort of the face of our Buddy Check 7 campaign, Shyra Martyn.
In April of this year, we first introduced you to 26-year-old, Shyra.
"Mine was a complete shock, even the doctors can't explain it. The genetics came back, negative for all the bracket genes," Martyn, recalled.
The mother of three found herself in a small category of women. One of only 5 percent to be diagnosed with cancer under the age of 40. It was a surprise to her and her physicians.
"You're young, you just had a baby, there's a hundred other things it could be. So, I just let it be, and about two years later I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer," Martyn explained.
"When you have a young person like Shyra developing cancer, it's just extra traumatic for everybody," Dr. Isaac Yeboah described.
Since she first told us her story, Shyra has undergone a lot both physically and emotionally.
"I learned a lot about life and what's important, and where to spend my time. Where as before it was OK, everything needs to be done chore-wise and now it's, well that can wait because time with my kids right now is most important," she said.
After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Shyra's last treatment will be this month.
When we first caught up with Shyra in April, she talked about going back to school and possibly pursuing accounting.
Now, she's enrolled in school and is working toward a nursing degree.
She hopes to someday work in the oncology department, to help those that she says truly helped her.