Avore advocates for metazoic breast cancer

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Board of Commissioners declared Oct. 13 as National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the world, and the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. More than one in eight women and one in 833 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

“I have learned more about this subject than I would have liked to know personally,” Asst. Clerk/Secretary Karen Avore said. “I do want to say Darke County is very lucky to have the cancer center and the surgeons, doctors, and nurses.”

Avore advocated about the benefits the facility and staff have been to her through her own journey having been diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. At the beginning of her journey, she questioned her life expectancy as many do asking if she was going to die.

“When I was first diagnosed with the c-word. I was visiting with the doctor and Jill came in with your kind compassion, and I asked ‘am I going to die?’ and you looked at me and said “oh no, dear’. That was exactly what I needed at that time. It set me into warrior mode,” Avore said.

Avore knew in the beginning she was going to be a fighter. She had surgery and advised the next day she attended her daughter’s soccer game just because she knew other girls were watching her.

“One of them could have breast cancer and maybe they will look back and say ‘hey, her mom had it and look at her.’ I am thankful, as Darke County is very blessed for their facilities that are here,” Avore said.

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