Brindlee Mountain Primary School teacher Debbie Raney went through most of her adult life not thinking much of breast cancer.

She figured she had nothing to worry about considering the disease didn’t run in her family. However, in February and March 2018, that would all be turned upside down.

In February 2018, her mother, Elaine Strickland, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy almost immediately.

“I had gone to my gynecologist and she found something in my left breast that didn’t feel right,” Raney said. “But it wasn’t a lump. So, I didn’t think too much of it and on top of that, mom got diagnosed with breast cancer. She had the double mastectomy done and I spent most of my days taking care of her. One particular day I had some time, so I decided to finally have a mammogram done.”

Raney said the mammogram didn’t find anything, which is why she now strongly suggests having a sonogram done as well.

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