I first learned of breast cancer at the age of 12 when my mother was diagnosed with it. Within two years of being diagnosed, she had a double mastectomy. When I was 16 years old, my mother passed away at the age of 40. Since the age of 23, I have had yearly exams. I will do whatever it takes to fight it off so that my children don't grow up without a mother. I choose to get my mammograms during breast cancer awareness month every year.