“It was so unexpected”: a young mother battling breast cancer

THORNTON, Colo. (KDVR) — A 32-year-old single mother of two from Thornton was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year.

“I felt something like a little ball in my left breast, then after a mammogram it turned out to be breast cancer,” Kelsey Kaminky said. “Then they found out it was stage 1-B.”

Kaminky said just over three weeks later that she was sent for a double mastectomy in hopes of preventing the cancer from spreading. But she said a recent scan showed another spot on her liver and one in her left armpit.

“I’m scared. It’s scary. It was so unexpected. I’m so young and I have so much to live for,” Kaminky said.

A few days before this Mother’s Day, Kaminky underwent her first six-hour round of chemotherapy.

“I feel very bad today. I don’t feel good at all. I’m just doing my best for my kids at the moment,” Kaminky said.

Kaminky said what keeps her going are her two young boys, Owen, 6, and Caysen, 3.

“They’ll slowly watch me deteriorate and it’s the hardest thing to answer their questions because you want to tell them what’s going on, but there’s a difference between sharing and oversharing,” Kaminky said. .

She said she will have a few more rounds of chemotherapy, but is also investigating other life-saving treatments outside of chemotherapy that are experimental and not covered by insurance.

“Apart from the horrible side effects, my little boys are watching it, how horrible it is,” Kaminky said.

His best friend and neighbor started a GoFundMe to help cover treatment costs.

“Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, hold your babies really tight and put your health first,” Kaminky said.

Kaminky also said she wants other young women to make sure that if something is wrong with their bodies, she said to go get checked out.

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