A mother and daughter who were diagnosed with breast cancer within months of each other battled the disease together — and are now both thankfully in remission.
Mother Terry Wulf, 65, was first diagnosed in 2018 after doctors determined she had a rare form of breast cancer.
While caring for her mother during her treatment at their home in Blair, Nebraska, daughter Amanda Nelson, 43, went for a routine MRI and found that she too had breast cancer and would have to fight it with her mother.
A mother and daughter who were diagnosed with breast cancer within months of each other battled the disease together — and are now both thankfully in remission
Amanda Nelson, 43, tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation in 2017, significantly increasing her risk of developing breast cancer
Amanda wasn’t too surprised to have breast cancer given her extensive family history, so she was vigilant about getting annual mammograms and breast MRIs
“I knew without a doubt, from that history of breast cancer alone, that the risk for me was very high,” she said KETV .
“There was really never a question of whether I would get breast cancer, it was just always a question of when it would happen.”
In 2017, she tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation, meaning she had about a 69 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
In an effort to reduce that chance, Amanda planned to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy, remove her breasts, and get implants to reduce the amount of breast tissue that could become cancerous.
Angelina Jolie underwent the famous surgery in 2013.
She was scheduled to undergo a preventive double mastectomy when her mother, Terry Wulf, 65, was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2018.
Amanda put her own mastectomy plans on hold to care for her mother during treatment, which includes a mastectomy and chemotherapy
But after a routine MRI in 2019 found a lump in her breast, Amanda was also diagnosed with breast cancer. She also underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction
But she was forced to put those plans on hold when her mother was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2018, which is difficult to treat. She later learned that she also had the mutation.
Terry was the one who soon had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, which she followed with chemotherapy and other drugs.
“That was probably so hard on my body,” Terry said. “Then I really thought I probably wouldn’t live anymore, that that would probably kill me.”
Amanda was caring for her mother eight months later in 2019 when she had to undergo a routine MRI – and the doctors found a lump. A biopsy showed it was cancer.
Terry has gone through several rounds of treatment and things took a dramatic turn when Terry received a second diagnosis, this time with cancer in her fallopian tubes.
“I just want to think about it, I survived, and now I’m just going to live my life,” said Terry (left)
Warning: Both Nebraska women are now in remission and have urged others to monitor their breast health
“I was just gone,” Amanda said to the… Methodist health system upon hearing her diagnosis. “The whole world stood still for a moment.”
Now Amanda’s hand was forced, and she ended up having the mastectomy and… reconstructive surgery she had previously planned.
Amanda and Terry took another dramatic turn when Terry received a second diagnosis, this time with cancer in her fallopian tubes.
But together they fought and are now both in remission, urging other women to check their breast health.
“I just want to think about it, I survived and now I’m just going to live my life,” Terry said.