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Woman Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 25

8:22 PM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- No two breast cancer survivor stories are the same and for Jessica Shelton her story begins with an unthinkable set of circumstances.

Shelton says, "It's not your typical story. At the beginning of this year I was assaulted by someone I knew very well and trusted."

That assault led to counseling, that led to a physical exam where a nurse practitioner discovered the lump in Jessica's breast in April. She was 25 years old when she heard the words, "invasive ductale carcenoma stage 2."

Shelton says she was devastated and because it is an aggressive cancer, doctors moved immediately to save her life.

A double mastectomy and chemotherapy were her recommended treatment plan.

Her last chemo treatment is December 26th.

Before her diagnosis, the Union County native and USC graduate had no idea that she had a family history of breast cancer. "After all this I found out that 3 aunts and my grandmother have had breast cancer ", Shelton said.

Jessica believes that a large part of her healing is because of her faith, her family and her incredible support system.

Shelton says, " I'm a christian and i'm a firm believer of prayer.  This is my 2nd chance to live and really find out who loves and support me.  This is my time to make a difference, to be unique and to influence people in a positive way. "

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