Mother of 5 opens up about battle with aggressive breast cancer


>>Anchor: HER DOCTORS TOLD HER IT WAS NOTHING. BUT SOON ENOUGH KIM ADAMS WOULD LEARN IT WAS SOMETHING. BREAST CANCER TO BE EXACT. AND HER INSTINCTS MAY HAVE SAVED HER LIFE. KIM ADAMS REALLY WANTS YOU TO KNOW HOW LUCKY SHE IS. HOW THANKFUL SHE IS FOR HER LIFE. AND THAT MAY RUN COUNTER TO CONVENTIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF LUCKY.>>PERHAPS YOU KNOW ABOUT HURRICANE KATRINA ORDEAL. TONIGHT IT IS ORDEAL WITH BREAST CANCER. AND A LOT FOR MOTHER OF 5. BUT AFTER EVERYTHING SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH SHE IS HERE.>>Reporter: THOSE THAT ARE FANS OF KIM AND THERE ARE MANY KNOW A LOT ABOUT HER. LEAVING LOCAL 4 TO BE WITH NAVAL OFFICER IN RHODE ISLAND AND MOVED TO MISSISSIPPI THEY WERE MOVED RIGHT INTO THE BATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA. YOU WERE RIGHT THERE BESIDE HER FOR WHAT BECAME THE ORDEAL OF HER LIFE. OR SO SHE THOUGHT. NOT EASY. ABOUT A YEAR AGO KIM HAD REBUILT THAT LIFE. AND QUITE A FEW WAYS. SHE WAS BACK IN DETROIT. NOW A SINGLE MOTHER OF 5. AND THE MAIN BREAD WINNER FOR BIG FAMILY. SHE WAS AGAIN AT HOME ON TV DOING COMMERCIALS AND OWNER OF KIM ADAMS PRODUCTIONS AND HURRICANE TOOK JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM HER. BUT IT AND TOUGH DIVORCE WERE FINALLY RECEDING IN REAR-VIEW MIRROR. WHEN SHE FOUND THE LUMP.>>SO I WAS MAKING BREAKFAST FOR THE KIDS. AND I BENT OVER TO PICK SOMETHING UP AND TOUCHED MY SHIRT TO HOLD MY SHIRT. AND I FELT A LUMP. ALMOST UNDER MY ARMPIT. IT WAS A GOOD SIZE LUMP. AND I FELT THAT HEAT IN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG. AND I THOUGHT OH GOSH NOT NOW. NOT NOW. BUT I KNEW.>>Anchor: SO SHE HEADED STRAIGHT FOR A DOCTOR THAT TOLD HER IT WAS LIKELY A CYST BUT HAVE A MAMMOGRAM AND ULTRASOUND IN CASE.>>SHE COMES BACK IN, OKAY. IT IS A SWOLLEN LYMPH NODE. EVERYONE HAS THEM. KEEP AN EYE ON IT. NOTHING CHANGES JUST COME BACK FOR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM.>>Anchor: THEN SHE TALKED TO HER GYNECOLOGIST THAT ALSO SAID PROBABLY SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES. STILL BOTHERED SHE TALKED TO A SURGEON THAT SAID SAME THING. FOUR VOICES TELLING HER SHE IS FINE.>>YOU COULD NOT FINDS ANYBODY TO GIVE YOU BAD NEWS.>>NO. I TRIED.>>Anchor: BUT STILL IT DID NOT FEEL RIGHT. SO WHILE IT WAS BACK TO KIDS AND BACK TO WORK AND BACK TO LIFE NEW YEAR BROUGHT A CHANGE OF HEALTH CARE THAT MEANT A NEW DOCTOR AND NEW OPINION. A DOCTOR THAT SAID ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. WE NEED TO SKIP THE BIOPSY THAT NEEDS TO COME OUT.>>WHEN? SHE SAID NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. OKAY.>>Anchor: AFTER 4 MONTHS THERE WAS NOW SUDDEN URGENCY. AND LUMPECTOMY LED TO 37 SECOND PHONE CALL IN A LIBRARY THAT SHE WILL NEVER FORGET. IT WAS IDC. INVASIVE DUCT TALCARCINOMA. GRADE 2 TO 3. AGGRESSIVE AND IT HAD SPREAD. HOW MUCH TIME HAD SHE LOST?>>ALL I COULD THINK I HAVE TO BE HONEST IS WAS, SERIOUSLY? I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS. I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS. I HAD A STOMACH FLU THE YEAR BEFORE HOUSE FELL APART.>>Anchor: WEIGHT SET INTO THE POINT THAT SHE PUT OFF SURGERY FOR JUST A FEW DAYS. TO TAKE THE KIDS ON A SUDDEN SURPRISE TRIP TO FLORIDA BECAUSE, WELL, BECAUSE NEVER KNOW. FROM ITS JUST LYMPH NODES TO EMERGENCY DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. AND THAT IS NOT END OF IT. HURRICANE CANCER MEANS SHE WILL BE UNDERGOING A COMPLETE HYSTERECTOMY NEXT FEW MONTHS.>>JUST AS A WOMAN. YOU KNOW YOU LOSE YOUR BREAST YOUR HAIR. FOR ME I HAVE TO LOSE EVERYTHING. MY OVARIES, MY UTERUS. EVERYTHING HAS TO GO. AND IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU A WOMAN IS TAKEN AWAY.>>Anchor: THOUGH WITH HUMOR SHE LOOKS AT THE 5 CHILDREN AND SAID HER OVARIES DID ALL THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS LIFE. ONCE AGAIN SHE WILL PRESS ON. SHE HAS TO. AND THEN ASIDE FROM BEING BACK TO YOUR TV. SHE IS NOW PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT SHE LEARNED IN HER CANCER ODYSSEY. YOU HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE. SHE IS A BELIEVER IN KIM. BECAUSE IT TURNED OUT KIM WAS RIGHT. BUT 1 THING THAT SHE WON’T HAVE, PLEASE NO PITY. THROUGH IT ALL. BELIEVE IT OR NOT. SHE FEELS LUCKY JUNO I HATE THAT FOR KIM.>>Anchor: DO YOU REALLY FEEL FORTUNATE WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH.>>YES. I STILL DO. EVERY DAY.>>Anchor: EVERY DAY.>>EVERY DAY. I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND TOOK 5 KIDS TO SCHOOL AND THEY ARE HEALTHY. I AM FORTUNATE.>>Anchor: SHE IS TOUGH. KIM TOLD ME THAT SHE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT SHE IS VERY HAPPY TO CONNECT WITH THOSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO HER ABOUT CANCER FIGHT OR ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SHE IS ACTIVE ON THAT ISSUE AS WELL. YOU CAN REACH HER THROUGH FACEBOOK PAGE AND WE HAVE A DIRECT LINK TO THAT ON CLICKONDETROIT.COM.>>Anchor: JUST GOES TO SHOW. YOU HAVE TO BE PERSISTENT AND THANKFULLY SHE GOT THAT FIFTH OPINION AND CHANGE IN INSURANCE AND EVERYTHING.>>Anchor: YOUR INCLINATION

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