(WJAR) — “We were stunned and shocked,” said Deb Shapiro, recalling when her then 40-year-old daughter Daryl West was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“And then 100 days later I go for my mammogram a little earlier than usual just because of what we’re dealing with and I’m diagnosed with breast cancer.”
“Daryl had a much more advanced cancer that required a great deal more treatment,” said Brown Surgical Associates’ Dr. Theresa Graves, the breast surgeon at Lifespan who has treated both mother and daughter. “We’re humbled by our patients every day you know. It’s amazing what they go through and then what they do bring to the arena for emotion and caring.”
Deb and Daryl turned their diagnosis into action by launching Paddle for Progress RI and they asked Dr. Graves to help celebrate their inaugural event, which took place recently in Wickford Harbor.
NBC 10’s Barbara Morse recently featured Deb and Daryl’s story in a HealthCheck report. In case you missed it, you can watch it on turnto10.com.