School rallies around math teacher diagnosed with breast cancer

Published: Dec. 8, 2015 at 10:27 PM CST
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Lisa Kennedy is a math teacher at Mosinee High School. She's is also a wife, and a mother to two girls. It was just last month she noticed a shooting pain in one of her breasts.

"I went home and kind of felt what could possibly be a lump," Kennedy said.

Kennedy didn't hesitate. She visited a clinic the next day.

"When the doctor came in she went to check my lymph nodes and I started to cry. And the tears just fell. And it was tough."

Less than a week later, she got the call that it was breast cancer.

"The hardest part was thinking of my two beautiful girls and my husband."

Just 11 days after her diagnosis, Kennedy underwent a double mastectomy.

"I never hesitated. If this is cancer and we can get rid of it now, we're gonna get rid of it as soon as possible. Because I need to live. "

Faculty, students, and family, who surround Kennedy said her positivity never faltered. She returned to teaching just eight days after surgery.

"I love my students and I know that... if I'm well enough to teach them geometry is where I'd rather be than sitting at home," she said.

"You couldn't even tell, just the way that she acted. She really cares for kids and she's always putting kids and her family first," Mosinee Principal. Nathan Lehman, said of Kennedy.

The high school dedicated their annual cancer awareness basketball game to Kennedy on Tuesday. The stands were a sea of pink.

Moving forward, Kennedy says she'll take it one day at a time.

"It wasn't ever a 'why me?' or 'why is this happening to me?'. It was like okay let's move forward. We're gonna take care of this as quickly as possible so I'm okay and can continue living my life."

Kennedy's sister-in-law designed the t-shirt sported by many at the game, which is also being sold to raise money for cancer research. Principal Lehman said more than 270 shirts have already been sold.