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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
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

Emily Carnes

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

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.