While most 14-year-old girls are hanging out at the mall and worrying over whether or not the boy who sits next to them in math class likes them, Ashley found herself faced with much larger struggles in December of 2012. It all started with a doctor appointment due to pain after a basketball hit her in the chest during her team’s practice. While screening her for the source of the pain, doctors found a tumor in her right breast. In May, she underwent a partial mastectomy and had her right breast removed.
Although, breast cancer can be scary even for adults, Ashley was brave throughout the process. She credits her strength to her mother, who was also a breast cancer survivor.
“I saw my mom go through it and talk about it. I thought if she can do it, I can do it,” Ashley told Gainsville Fox affiliate WOGX.
As Ashley gets older, doctors will want to do gene testing on her to assess her risk for the cancer coming back or to see if she could pass it on to any children she may have in the future. Mutations in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes drastically increase the risk of breast cancer and often are responsible for women being diagnosed with it in their 20s or 30s.Whizzco