Kim DeMasie – 2018 Ambassador

City: Noblesville, IN

Age: 55

Date of Diagnosis: 07/11/2011

Kim went through breast cancer not once, but twice. In 2011 she found the initial lump and underwent a mammogram and was told everything was fine. However, a follow up ultrasound revealed that she had Stage 3 triple positive breast cancer. She went through 4 months of chemotherapy and had three lumpectomies, yet doctors were unable to get clear margins. At that point, she elected to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. She continued to get Herceptin for several months.

In 2016, her breast cancer returned even after the mastectomy. She had a lumpectomy with clear margins and radiation. She takes hormone blocker pills that she will be on for at least 10 years.

Kim has a passion for helping people and loves volunteer work.

Takeaway Message:

“Breast cancer can be a gift. It helps you realize how fragile life is and what’s important in life such as friends, family, and relationships.”

Connection to Komen:

I want women to know their bodies and know what is abnormal. We can’t take care of our families if we don’t take care of ourselves.