COLUMBUS, Ga. – Seven years ago, Phenix City native Katy Moncus was newly married and looking forward to spending the rest of her life with her husband. However, soon after she discovered some unusual lumps on her breasts, a doctor confirmed her worst fear: Moncus had stage two breast cancer. She did not expect to develop the disease, as she was relatively young, had no risk factors, and no one else in her family had had the disease.
“I think all of us have been affected [by breast cancer] in some way, shape or form,” Moncus said.
Now in remission, Moncus hopes to raise hope and awareness in fighting breast cancer. She and hundreds of people are advocating for new research to help prevent tragic results in October — breast cancer awareness month. Moncus reveals how she handled breast cancer, and she offered some advice for others struggling to survive.
“You have to dig deep. I relied a lot on my faith in God honestly,” Moncus said. “I also had huge support from my family and friends, and even people I didn’t know would reach out. I don’t think that we should live in fear of cancer. But I do believe that we should be aware of our bodies. And if something happens to your body that’s out of the ordinary, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about it. You really have to be an advocate for your own health. Nobody knows your body better than you do.”
Now after receiving a double mastectomy and reconstruction, Moncus and her husband are now raising two girls. Moncus was the featured breast cancer survivor at the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Tuesday. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Columbus Regional Breast Care Center.