Breast Cancer Survivor Thanks Mammograms

Despite a recent controversial study that said breast self-exams may do more harm than good, most doctors and all of us at KFVS, are urging women to keep doing them. We also emphasize regular mammograms, the kind that saved Kay Crockett's life.

"Nobody wants to die, but I was more concerned I didn't want to leave my family and I didn't," Kay says. Kay's greatest joy in life is the time she spends with her four children and her seven grandchildren. Kay says, "When they called and said come back in, it didn't frighten me. I didn't think anything about it. You don't think it will happen to you." But it was happening to her, Kay had breast cancer. She says, "When he called, and said do you want to come into my office or do you want me to tell you over the phone, I said just tell me over the phone. One of my daughters was with me. When he said it's cancer, my daughter said I think I'm going to throw up. I said that's kind of how I feel."

That's when Kay's fight with breast cancer began. She ended up having a mastectomy and going through chemotherapy, and it worked. The cancer hasn't come back. Now, Kay's enjoying life, spending time with family, and staying strong. Kay says, "You know the world just opens up, and you fall through, but then you get back up." After her experience, Kay now urges all women to do self-exams and get yearly mammograms. We do too. As for Kay, she's alive, well, and anxiously awaiting her eighth grandchild.