Local woman who underwent double mastectomy, radiation is our Person of the Week

Posted at 7:35 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 19:35:12-04

From the pink frames down to the pink nails, Rebecca Adams made a choice when she found out that she had stage 3 breast cancer, and it's one she wants all women to hear.

It was around this time last year that the 41-year-old wife and mother of girls ages 12 and 7 went in for her annual mammogram and got the shock of her life.

"It was more than one lump, it was actually three," she said.

Breast cancer and leukemia have been on both sides of Adams' family tree, but she is the first of their younger generation to be diagnosed, and made a decision it would not be the last of her life.

With strong family support, the special education consultant took her two week winter break from school to have a double mastectomy, followed by radiation over summer break.

Now, it's important for her to continue to feel like the woman she is. Adams is in the first phase of a new type of reconstructive surgery, with a surgeon that has become part of her strong support system.

"She was the first patient I did where we placed the implant on top of the muscle," Dr. DeLorean Griffin said. "It resulted in less pain, faster recovery."

For using remission as an opportunity to restart life as a role model for thousands of women on the same journey, Rebecca Adams, you are our person of the week.