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Kayla Alvey 

Age: 28

Diagnosis: Stage I breast cancer

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Jackie Jones

Age: 47

Diagnosis: Stage I invasive ductal carcinoma

 

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Jackie Jones and her daughter Kayla Alvey couldn’t have imagined that they would be facing cancer together as patients. In October 2018, Jackie was diagnosed with stage I invasive ductal carcinoma. Less than a year later Kayla learned that she had stage I breast cancer after being tested for the BRCA-1 gene. “It was harder for me when I found out about her [cancer], because when it’s your kids, it makes it 10 times harder. But I did feel like I could tell her what to expect. Both of us are a lot stronger than what I thought,” Jackie says. 

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Jackie is with husband Sean Jones and their daughter Kayla Alvey. 

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Kayla describes her experience as “not feeling real,” and says she could only focus on raising her 1- and 2-year-old sons and supporting her mom. Finding comfort in each other has helped them overcome the rough patches. “We have a respect for each other. We know what it’s like…it is hard to explain what it [cancer] is like to someone who hasn’t gone through it,” Kayla says. They are also committed to living a joyful life — whether they are going to a movie or taking a weekend trip. “If I see something I want, I am going to get it, because you don’t know what is going to happen from one day to the next,” Jackie says. 

P.S. Optimism will carry you through, and where cancer survivors can go for help

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