Kenner Representative Julie Stokes says her treatment for breast cancer is going well as she goes through 5-months of chemotherapy treatment, which forced her to drop out of the race for State Treasurer. Stokes says she is now in her second round of treatment, which is more intense, but the results so far are positive.
“It’s a lot harder, the good news is though that I’ve found out it is shrinking dramatically on this new chemo, so that is a big deal.”
Stokes receives treatment at the Oschner Cancer Institute. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Stokes says this is a great opportunity to share her story about the disease. The business woman, mother and legislator says didn’t take her lump all that seriously when she first discovered it, because she had no history of breast cancer and she was in the middle of the busy legislative session.
“When I finally got in after session was over with to get it looked at, I found out that not only is it cancer but it’s a really aggressive form of cancer. It was really eye opening for me.”
One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer. Stokes says even if you think it’s nothing, get checked, because she’s fighting for her life right now. She says she was extremely nervous to try new types of drugs to treat her cancer.
“Sometimes the things that you think, ‘well I’d rather not go through that or I’m afraid of it,’ you just have to face it right in the eyeballs and roll because this will probably be the drug that saves my life.”