Self-examination helps woman survive breast cancerUPDATED 7:30 PM HST Aug 26, 2013Video Transcript
You'd be hard pressed to find someone whose live has NOT been touched in one way or another by breast cancer... It could be you, it could be a family member, it could be a friend... We've all been there... And today we begin our 55-day salute to everyone who helps with the fight against breast cancer ... KITV4 is once again partnering with the Susan G-Komen foundation for its annual Race for the Cure.. We'll focus on the many faces of breast cancer between now and then.. Starting tonight with one woman who credits a simple act with saving her life.. It's simple joys... NATS WITH DOGS like playing with their dogs that Colette and Tim McMonigle treasure. NATS WITH DOGS Not so long ago... moments like this were not guaranteed. In September of 2007, while taking a shower, she noticed something wrong. FELT UNDER MY ARM AND FELT A LUMP THERE, SO I THOUGHT, WELL I HAVE A LUMP THERE, I THERE SHOULD BE ONE ON THE OTHERSIDE, AND THERE WASN'T That lump? Stage 3 breast cancer...that a mammogram, just 7 months earlier somehow had missed. When Colette got the diagnosis, this mother of 5...was overwhelmed. MY KIDS, IT WAS JUST NO, NO IT CAN'T BE. I CAN'T HAVE CANCER! But she quickly turned that fear, into force. 455 SHE WAS CONVINCED THAT ATTITUDE WAS EVERYTHING, THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY TOLD US AND SHE WAS A TROOPER. I HAD TO TAKE CONTROL OF IT, I HAD TO BE STRONG. IF I WASN'T GOING TO BE STRONG FOR MYSELF, I HAD TO DO IT FOR MY CHILDREN. At times it was her children who gave her strength. At the start of chemotherapy, she decided to shave her head, bringing her 3 year old son Brandon along. 1719 I THOUGHT, I BETTER TAKE HIM WITH ME, BECAUSE HE MAY NOT KNOW IT'S ME WHEN I COME HOME, YOU KNOW, BALD. 1723// 1741 HE STOOD BESIDE ME RUBBING MY LEG, AND HE'S TELLING ME MOMMY, YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL AND, YOU KNOW, HE ACTUALLY KNEW WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH, AND YOU THINK YOUR KIDS DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY KNOW. 1759 And through it all, her husband was with her. 808CHEMOTHERAPY IS NOT A FUN THING. IT'S LONG, IT'S WEARING, 812 // 820TIM, HE HADN'T MISSED ANY. 825 HE WAS THERE EVERY SINGLE, EVERY SINGLE TREATMENT. 828 AND I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW IF I COULD HAVE DONE THAT BY MYSELF 831 YOU'RE A KEEPER - GLANCES OVER AT HIM AND GIGGLES. 838 NICE MOMENT KEEP IT! Though he gives her ...All the credit. SHE WAS STRONG, SO REALLY IT WASN'T LIKE I WAS HAVING TO HOLD HER HAND THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, IT WAS LIKE ANOTHER DAY FOR HER, SHE WAS TOUGH. Having passed the critical five year mark, cancer-free... Collete wants to tell other women - do those self-exams. 1053 HAD I NOT DONE THAT, I MIGHT NOT BE HERE TODAY 56 But she is here...and with her husband, eager to enjoy life. The Susan G Komen race for the cure is Sunday, October 20th at Kapiolani Park. That gives you 55-days to round up supporters to join you for the race. We have a link to get you all the information you need on KITV.com... Just look under the 'as seen on" section of our website. When we come back-- a recap of today's top headlines.