YouTube Helps Young Breast Cancer Patient Document Her Journey
Sometimes talking about your experiences can help release the burden of an illness like breast cancer. That was the case for Culver City-native Charina McNutt. According to Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, when she was just 25 years old.
McNutt had felt a lump on her breast and was turned away from a mammogram because she didn’t have insurance and she was under the age threshold.
“It took a process of four clinics, and then I tried two hospitals,” McNutt told the source. “And then the last hospital finally … they didn’t want to give me a mammogram either, but they said to get a biopsy. I guess they saw the frustration in my face, in my eyes. And then the biopsy determined that I had stage 3 breast cancer.”
It was challenges like that that prompted McNutt to create a YouTube channel to document her experiences. She underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, according to the source.
Recently, McNutt shared with her video subscribers that September 2014 will mark the milestone of being cancer free for two years.