Leslie Buford-Chadwick

Lesli Buford-Chadwick’s life has been a major rollercoaster ever since she found out that she had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and the BRCA2 gene. Because of her breast cancer diagnosis, she had a bilateral double mastectomy and reconstruction in November 2017. Since her diagnosis, she says, “I learned that no matter how well your life is going there is always something that can turn your life upside down in an instant. Do not take life for granted because you never know when something will change it so traumatically.”

Lesli is very thankful for her husband that has been by her side every step of the way, while others have seemed to disappear since her diagnosis. Her biggest piece of advice to someone who is recently diagnosed, she says, “Do not give up if you are diagnosed. Research it and pay attention to what your doctors tell you to do.” And for the family and loved ones of the recently diagnosed, she says, “Do not say you will be there, and then, not show up. That is what hurts the most. People say they will be there for you, but then, when the going gets tough they are not there for you.”

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