By MANYI ENO
“One in eight women will develop breast cancer,” were the first words out of Amy Moore’s mouth.
A pharmacist and mother of three, Moore went through 16 weeks of chemotherapy and 28 radiation treatments. As of Oct. 3, 2013 she is a breast cancer survivor.
A Pink Party was held in the Student Center television room on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., and Moore spoke about her battle with breast cancer.
The event was hosted by three members of Resident Life: senior theatre and mass communications double major Njoki Coleman, junior mass communications major Sarah Smagur and junior early childhood education major Brooke Martin.
Moore said she found out about her cancer last November and was officially diagnosed on Feb. 7, 2013. She had stage 3 invasive carcinoma breast cancer.
For those who may be unaware of what breast cancer is exactly, it is a type of cancer that develops from breast cells, according to medicalnewstoday.com. Breast cancer usually starts off in the inner lining of the milk ducts, also called lobules. Invasive carcinoma, the kind that Moore had, is cancer that spreads outside of the lobule and into the breast tissue, going as far as the armpit and beyond.
“I had a fantastic, caring and loving team who took care of me,” said Moore. “They were like a big family that took me in and made me feel secure.”
Moore delivered an educational speech and kept the crowd laughing and lifted. She also stressed to the audience that early detection is the key.
“I’m all about education,” said Moore. “As a pharmacist I educate people in how to take care of themselves. If I could educate one person here tonight, then I’ve done good.”
Moore is the mother of one of Piedmont’s own, sophomore English major Catherine Moore.
“I’ve been with her through the whole thing,” said Cat Moore about her mother. “All summer I was cleaning and cooking dinner because a lot of the times she did not have the energy to walk from the bed to the couch. It was hard to hear her talk about it, but I’m happy it’s over and I’m happy she survived it.”
“I had bad days as long as it didn’t turn into a bad week,” said Moore about her days going through treatments. “You can’t let those moments take you over.”
Cat is not Moore’s only child; she also has a 21-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old son.
At the party, Moore was surprised by her two aunts and cousin who came to support her on this day during her speech.
“As of now, I am a survivor,” said Moore. “It is a battle that can be won.”