Hanna Keith, an Armstrong State University nursing student, is a fighter turned winner.
“I never imagined that that would happen that I would be diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 29.”
The disease attacked her in June 2015.
“It really took a toll on me,” said Keith. “It really was a shocker to my family and I and to my fiancé and I.”
Keith would put her life on hold to beat breast cancer before it beat her.
“So I took a semester off from school and my family, my fiancé and I went through the treatments, and I made sure I told my doctors that I needed to get back in school and needed to be ready for a wedding in May,” Keith said.
Thinking positive even when filled with emotions Keith stayed focused on a future with her fiancé,
“While doing treatments, I’m sitting in the treatment room in the chair having chemo and I’m perusing through wedding magazines,” said Keith. “So it’s really been a lot of fun tearing pages out of magazines and dress shopping.”
Having a positive attitude helped her overcome.
In December, she marked the end of her chemotherapy treatment.
Keith shares what inspired her to not allow breast cancer take over her life.
“I feel like with all these loving people around me my fiancé and my family, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” said Keith. “They have given me the greatest support and inspired me to live every day as if it were your last.”
And she is.
“It’s going to be not only a celebration of he and I but a celebration of life just because of all that we’ve been through it’s time to celebrate,” Keith said.
Keith is in crunch time right now as she gets ready for her wedding on May 21st.
She will graduate from nursing school at Armstrong in December.
Keith’s story is part of WSAV’s Buddy Check 3 program that raises awareness for breast health in our region.
If you have breast health questions call our partners at the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion: 912-819-3360.