At just 27 years old, Hillary Madison was diagnosed with breast cancer. A little over a year later, it has spread to several different parts of her body.
“They had to do radiation on my brain,” Madison said.
In January of 2015, doctors thought she had mastitis which they believed to be the result of a miscarriage.
Her right nipple was inverted and her entire breast felt rock solid, but there were no signs of lumps – a common symptom of breast cancer.
“I kept going to the doctor and going to the doctor, and then they finally were like ‘what’s wrong?'” Madison said. “Then they did mammograms and everything they needed to do to find it.”
Fast forward six months later, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Today, at stage 4 breast cancer, it has spread to several parts of her body including her spine, liver, femur bones, and now her brain.
She has a five-year-old son named Alexander who is the light of her life.
Breast cancer this early is rare. According to WebMD, seven percent of all breast cancer cases happen in women under 40.
Many experts suggest women to get their first mammogram between ages 40 and 50.
Hillary is trying hard to keep a positive mindset, and although her son is young, he has somewhat of a grasp of what’s going on.
“He knows I have cancer,” Madison said. “He knows that I have treatments. He knows I have to get myself healthy. I mean, he’s five. He doesn’t know everything, but I tell him that I’m fighting for him. I’m doing everything I possibly can to stay alive for him.”
She has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatments and is currently undergoing an antibody-based therapy.
Despite the difficult time, she is looking forward to a special event this Sunday – her very own benefit. It’s taking place at noon at Union Hall in Corning.
For just ten dollars a person, you’ll enjoy a laundry list of fun activities including a raffle for tickets to a Buffalo Bills game.
“There will be baskets that have the Watkins Glen International racetrack merchandise, there will also be NASCAR tickets, and a bunch of different baskets that we’re raffling off. We’re also having a spaghetti dinner.”
To get more information on Hillary’s benefit this Sunday, you can contact Tom Strong at (607) 857-6935.