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Mother And Daughter Fight Breast Cancer Together

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Volusia County, FL- The odds against a mother and daughter fighting the same aggressive breast cancer are high, but that doesn't mean it can't happen, and that both women can't support each other through the fights of their lives.

"No matter where I turn there's always somebody on my side saying it's ok, keep your head up high, you got this, you're already a survivor," 18-year-old Emily Carnes said.

She’s a typical Seabreeze High School senior, who loves taking selfies, enjoys life, and she's pretty funny too.

"I am contemplating on going bald. I like the look! GI Jane, I got to put some sunscreen on it though, I haven't tanned my head," she said.

However, about 6 months ago, her life suddenly turned upside down.

"Honestly, I smiled, I couldn't believe it, I said you're kidding right? I'm 18, I can't have breast cancer," Emily said,

Emily found a lump shortly after her 18th birthday. It started to get worse real fast

"November and December came and it became inflamed to where it was my whole breast. It became very red and painful and irritated," she explained.

By February, she had an ultra sound done in Palm Coast and got her results.

"She said that I was diagnosed with stage three invasive breast cancer," said her mother, Kendra Carnes.

But, that wasn't the bad news for Emily, like any woman, especially an 18 year old, having the perfect hair is a big deal.

"Having cancer isn't depressing to me, it's a milestone I have to get through but the one thing that would hurt is losing my hair," Emily said.

Right after her first chemo treatment, and before her hair started to fall out, she decided to beat cancer to the punch.

"Went in the backyard put it in pigtails and chopped it off and shaved it," she said.

As if Emily doesn't have enough to worry about, she found out some more bad news. This time, it came from one of her biggest supporters, her mother.

"There was some genetic testing done, and I found that we carry a gene that makes getting breast cancer very high during our lifetime. We got the same exact triple negative invasive breast cancer," Kendra said.

You have better odds of winning the lottery than having a mother and daughter fighting the same aggressive breast cancer at the same time.

However, both of these women are staying positive.

"She has an amazing support group behind her that has been just as generous and kind to me. And, we've always been close,” Kendra said.

“I got her teeth, I got her hair, I got her eyes, I got everything, and we both have cancer. We're in it until the end," Emily said.

Kendra hasn't started her chemo therapy yet. She was just diagnosed with the same disease a couple of weeks ago. Emily has done 6 treatments, and has 10 more to go.

"I feel very drained, but I still go to school, I still see my friends, I still go to work. I try to live normal as much as I can," Emily said.

They believe everything happens for a reason ,and hope their story will inspire others to get checked out even when the odds are against you.

“Check for lumps, check for anything. Don't let it "Eh it's a lump it'll go away.' It might be something cancerous, you never know," Emily said.

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