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CISD Assistant Superintendent advises others to get checked against Breast Cancer after her own battle with cancer

CISD Assistant Superintendent advises others to get checked against Breast Cancer after her own battle with cancer

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as the month comes to an end, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education LaKeisha LeBlanc shares her story in hopes of encouraging other women. 

“I found the lump myself and immediately knew something was not right,” said LeBlanc. 

That discovery was just the beginning of what would be a year-long life fighting cancer battle. 

LeBlanc was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and now encourages others to self-check and get their annual mammograms. 

“Before I was diagnosed, I lost 10 pounds, walked daily, and was focused on improving my health.  I had all of my annual exams, and I still developed breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are important and monthly self exams are equally important,” said LeBlanc.  “Cancer does not discriminate based on age, race, or gender.”

LeBlanc had to undergo 16 rounds of chemotherapy, 36 rounds of radiation and surgery to overcome her battle with cancer. She credits her strength to her faith, family and others who have been diagnosed with cancer. Now, she hopes to be a light to those women and men who find themselves in a similar situation. 

“Everyone's experience is different and your doctors are the best to answer your questions. There are many supports available as you go through this journey.” said LeBlanc.  “My circle provided support on the days when I needed it the most.  When you find yourself overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help.”

In addition to LeBlanc’s encouragement to other women in Channelview,  several Channelview ISD campuses hosted special events to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Barrett-Lee Early Childhood Center and Harvey Brown encouraged students to wear pink and many hosted a series of different events students could participate in to bring awareness to the disease. 

 

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