Kelly’s battle with cancer started in July 2007 with a burst of pain and a lump in her left breast. With a cancer diagnosis confirmed, she wanted it taken care of fast and had a lumpectomy. As a mom and president and CEO of a Minnesota-based consulting group, she knew she had to be back to both jobs quickly for her son and company. But another hitch was ahead; a follow up exam revealed they had not gotten it all. Kelly again wasted no time and decided to have a radical double mastectomy, drug therapy and reconstruction.
Round three surfaced in January 2009 at her final visit with the plastic surgeon who performed the reconstructive surgery. He found a new lump, did a biopsy and delivered devastating news. It was back.
The next step was to do a wide excision removing more cancerous tissue as well as some of the surrounding muscle. After that, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstruction were needed.