TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The thought that breast cancer is an old woman's disease is out the window. Women and men are being diagnosed younger and younger. One woman here in Tucson knows all about the fight against breast cancer. At 34 years old Mareya Bullard has been battling for a year.
"This is the cards I was dealt so I have to play the hand and you know, that's life," says Bullard. The issue is that Bullard's hand looked seemingly good. No family history of breast cancer. She was young, healthy and active. That was until St. Patrick's Day 2011.
"You are not supposed to get breast cancer when you are just 33 years old," said Bullard. life as she knew it came to a stand still.
"I think about that day and the feelings, it's surreal, bizarre," Bullard says.
She did seven months of chemo but was dropped from AHCCCS half way through. Susan G Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona helped her find a way to get the care she needed and save her life. She eventually had a lateral mastectomy followed by radiation. Now, with her new hairstyle share her story in hopes to inspire others. "It was meant to be that this is my journey, here I am i guess," said Bullard.
Bullard along with another young breast cancer survivor will be this years chair women of the Race for the Cure here in Southern Arizona. Let these women help to ignite your passion.