CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In the final part of our week-long series spotlighting breast cancer warriors, a story that really hits home for us at WBTV News.
A behind-the-scenes member of our WBTV family has been fighting every day since last November.
Allyson Gahan works behind-the-scenes in our sales department. She's 39-years-young, a mother of two and has no family history.
Yet, Allyson was unexpectedly diagnosed after finding her own lump.
"I think many people with breast cancer will agree," she said. "Once you get that diagnosis everything is just in fast forward motion."
Allyson was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer on November 3rd of last year. Five days later, her dad died. Life has been a whirlwind ever since.
"I'm still continuing going through all the treatments, I think through the end of the year," she said. Then she laughed. "But I'm not even focusing on the number anymore because it just makes me ill."
For those who haven't seen them, Allyson has been blogging her past 11 months, about the ups-and-downs of cancer. She does it through Anchor Molly Grantham's Facebook page.
To see Allyson, you wouldn't know she's battling cancer. Her hair hasn't fallen out. She still comes to work every day. She says the fact her cancer CAN be a secret is a double-edged sword.
"People don't know I'm sick, but I feel like crap all the time," she said. "But I can't necessarily let people know that, you know?"
Why can't she let people know? Because like most busy, type-A women trying to balance home, kids and a career – she doesn't want to STOP to be sick.
"I don't think I'm able to slow down because then I have to admit what's going on," she said. "And I just can't do that. I feel like I need to be strong for my kids."
Allyson's two young kids, 3-year-old Avery and 6-year-old Grayson, will be with her at next weekend's Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure.
Allyson went last year to support others... three weeks later is when she found her own lump. She says she'll never forget how that morning felt.
"Looking around and seeing all those women and you see Survivors... it still gives me goose bumps."
This year she'll be one of them.
"Race for the Cure" is Saturday, October 3rd . You can get more information on KomenCharlotte.org.
Allyson is a part of WBTV's Race for the Cure team, Team Molly. We'd love to have you join us!
For a $35 registration fee you get two t-shirts (a Komen shirt and a "WBTV Team Molly" shirt). Click here to sign up.