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14 year old is breast cancer survivor

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Ashley is not a typical 14-year-old girl.   Just a few weeks before Christmas of 2012, she found herself in a battle for her young life.

While screening Ashley for pain that she was experiencing after being hit in the chest during basketball practice, doctors discovered a tumor in her right breast.  In May, she had a partial mastectomy and had her right breast removed. 

"I saw my mom go through it and talk about it. I thought if she can do it, I can do it," said Ashley.

Ashley's mother was diagnosed with cancer at age 34.

"It was horrifying, knowing that I have given it to my daughter. She's going to have to go through everything too," said mom.  "Most children, I don't believe, would have come through it strong as she has. She has influenced a lot of people more than she could know."

Horses are what helped Ashley escape the sometimes harsh realities of what she was up against.

"You have something to focus on," she said.  "My horses don't care what I look like," she said.

Today, mom and daughter are both proud breast cancer survivors, and they can't thank the staff at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children enough for saving Ashley's life.

"I would recommend anyone going to Arnold Palmer.  They are wonderful. The recent screen shows she's completely clear of cancer."

As Ashley gets older, she will have to undergo gene testing, but she not looking back.  She is focused on competing with the horses that push her to new limits.

 

 

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