Reporting Susie Jones
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On a cloudy Saturday, women, men and children walked around Lake Nokomis to raise money and awareness of breast cancer as part of the Making Strides event.
Many of the participants walking are survivors of the disease.
Angela Schrock learned of her breast cancer diagnosis the day after her second daughter was born.
She was in the hospital, and having trouble breast feeding when the doctor came in and said, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?”
She said she wanted the good news first.
“It’s curable,” he said.
Within months she went through chemotherapy, and had a double mastectomy.
She’s feeling better now, and is grateful she wasn’t very sick.
“You have to stay strong mentally, and have a big support circle,” Shrock said.
She has two young daughters, and is hopeful that researchers will find a cure.
“I don’t want them to go through this when they are in their 20s and 30s,” she said.
Schrok was in her early 30s when she was diagnosed, and believes the screening should start before the age of 40.