She’s my mom and my best friend – we’re in it to the end’: High School student, 18, and her mother diagnosed with same aggressive breast cancer within just THREE months
- Emily Carnes from Daytona Beach, Florida, found lump after 18th birthday
- Now her mother Kendra has been diagnosed with exactly the same disease
- The pair both have the BRCA2 gene which makes them more susceptible
- But they remain positive, visiting hospitals together and raising awareness
An 18-year-old High School senior and her mother have been diagnosed with the same aggressive form of breast cancer within just three months of each other.
Emily Carnes found a tennis ball-sized lump just after her 18th birthday, against odds of less than one in 18 million for a girl of her age.
When her mother Kendra Firmingham, 38, went to get tested too, the results were devastating – they both had the same stage three invasive breast cancer.
Closer than ever: Emily Carnes (left) found a tennis ball sized lump just after her 18th birthday. Now her mother Kendra Firmingham, 38 (right) has been diagnosed with breast cancer just three months after her
Smiling: Emily with friends before she began chemotherapy (left) and at a theme park more recently (right)
Smiling: Emily and her mother (right) say they want to turn the diagnosis – against odds of one in many million – into raising awareness for other women. They are best friends and go to all their appointments together
Now Emily – who still goes to High School, parties with her friends and works two part-time jobs like any other teenager – says the double diagnosis brought the two of them closer than ever.
And the pair are using their condition to raise awareness and urge other women to get tested.