Real Life Survivor: Mom dances with her kids before every chemo treatment

Local woman embraces cancer battle

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A woman in southwest Charlotte says cancer is making her a better person. She appreciates things more.

Kasandra Hegwood is documenting her cancer journey in incredibly detailed fashion, taking videos before she goes for aggressive chemotherapy or a double mastectomy. She considers each moment a cause for celebration.

She says she wants it to all be a positive memory for her three kids, who are aged 8, 4 and 2.

"I dance. I laugh. I sing," says Kasandra. "I make it to where when they get older they won't remember any bad horrible thing, they'll say my mom had cancer, and she rocked it."

Kasandra was diagnosed with Stage III cancer a year ago at the age of 30.  She found the lump herself.

"Size of a ping pong and it kinda stuck out from the skin," she says. "And I was like, this is not right."

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After big-time surgery and a year of chemo, she's working on staying cancer-free. She says her husband and faith get her through... and... amazingly... her oldest daughter, 8-year-old Justice.

"She helped cut my hair," she says.

There's actually video of that, click here to see it.

"Cancer won't be scary for her in the future if she has to deal with it," Kasandra says." She'll know how to rock it, just like her mom did."

Last year, Kasandra went to Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure one week after surgery, with tubes hanging off her body.

"It was kind of intimidating walking around out there with one breast," she says. "But I did it. I did it because I knew someone would gain from it."

This year she'll be there again, hoping to inspire.

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