October is over but Breast Cancer Awareness isn’t

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October is over but Breast Cancer Awareness isn’t


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The month of October is known for breast cancer awareness. There are multiple different type of fundraisers that go towards people with breast cancer. Fortunately, breast cancer is curable, but the process of getting treatment is extremely long and painful.

A math teacher at South Pointe High School, Nicole Treadaway, is proud to be a breast cancer survivor.

Treadaway grew up in Florence, S.C. She is the oldest of her two siblings.

“I was a quiet child that tried to do what was expected of me. Of course, I knew I would get in trouble if I didn’t,” says Treadaway.

She went to college at Francis Marion, which is in Florence, S.C. However, she didn’t make the decision to become a teacher until she was in college. She never thought she’d be a teacher because her mother was a teacher and thought it wasn’t for her. Math was Treadaway’s favorite subject in high school, so when she decided to become a teacher, she knew what subject she would enjoy teaching.

Treadaway started teaching by instructing online for University of Phoenix for three years. After that she began teaching for South Carolina’s public schools and has been for 13 years. This is her third year teaching here at South Pointe.

When Treadaway turned 42, she received some horrible news. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she first received the call that she was diagnosed, she was in complete shock, which quickly turned to fear. Her biggest fear was not being able to raise her two kids and see them grow.

Along with fear, came confusion. No one in her family has ever had breast cancer before. She began to question why this was happening. Treadaway soon realized that 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t inherit it genetically.

In order to get better, she had to go through 16 rounds of chemotherapy, which took around five months. After that, she had a very challenging surgery. Lastly, once she was healed from surgery, she had six weeks of daily radiation.

After this long process, she is now extremely happy to be able to say she is cancer free.

Treadaway gives this advice to those who are just now being diagnosed with cancer, “Don’t think this is the end of your life because you have been diagnosed.  It is a tough journey to get through, but it can be done. Definitely have a support system and accept help from others.  This is the time in your life that you cannot do it alone. Stay positive.”

The South Pointe family is happy that our Stallion teacher is cancer free and so strong.

By Molli Helms, opinion editor