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'She's not giving up'


MEADOW BRIDGE (WVVA) Amanda Ramsey knew something wasn't right last September when she felt swelling in her chest. Her medical training as a pharmacist led her straight to the doctor's office.

"It was just completely out of the blue, something you knew was not normal," recalled Ramsey. 

As it turns out, Ramsey's swift action in getting checked out may be her saving grace. The mother of three was diagnosed with an aggressive and extremely rare form of inflammatory breast cancer that never came with a lump.

"It was just a shock at first, thinking about my little girl, my family...just heartbreaking."

At first, Ramsey's doctors did not think the cancer was curable. But a second opinion with world-renowned experts on the condition at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, would offer hope. 

"Time was of the essence with this type of cancer. If I'd waited another month, my prognosis would not have been as good. Because right now I have a good prognosis," said Ramsey. 

The doctors at the cancer center in Houston think Ramsey can beat it, but said she will need radiation and surgery to get there. 

"She wants to see her daughter graduate from high school. She's not done with life, and she's not giving up," said her sister, Susan Carothers. 

While insurance will cover some of the costs, friends and family will be hosting a 'Team Amanda Cancer Walk' on Saturday to raise money for travel expenses ahead of her scheduled surgery in Texas on June 1st. 

Registration for the walk starts at 8:00 a.m. at Meadow Bridge High School. The walk will start at 8:30 a.m. 

The cost to attend is $10 per person. Snacks and T-shirts will be sold as well. 

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