I met Kyanna via Twitter , which isn't necessarily "meeting" someone but stay with me. She was so calming , I picked up that she loved good music , was in school and that she wasn't here for trolling-negatively-opinionated twitter( like myself) There was something I didn't know though , although she was warm spirited and kind on the outside , she was battling with something greater on the inside. It wasn't until she tweeted about her operation that I realized that the battle she was fighting was cancer.
I had the opportunity to finally meet Kyanna face to face and she schooled me on the experience and some of her emotions throughout her process. Due to the fact that I've known people and lost others to cancer and similar diseases , I was happy to know that she was feeling great and still holding strong . When you've seen the low end of these things , it relieves you to know when someone like Ky(Key) , is kicking Cancer in the rear end.
In January of this year , after her birthday , Kyanna noticed that there was an unusual lump in her breast area and was advised to seek medical attention. You can probably imagine the anxiety of doctors appointments and constant tests being ran with no solid answers. Through this all , Ky stated in our interview , " I can't remember a time where I cried". Amazing right ? After learning that what she had was a form of cancer called Ductal Carcinoma , she was eager to solve the issue , going through 3 biopsies and 2 lumpectomies with her "head up and chest out".
Kyanna says that her family and friends played a major role in her recovery , especially her grandmother who always kept her poker face even in moments where Ky was too tired to do the things that a normal 23 year old would. She recalls her post-chemo experiences and how it made her so tired she would fall asleep on her friends who were her regular visitors. Still , they continued to file in until the hospital would kick them out to support their friend.
On July 2 , 2015 , Kyanna announced that her body was finally free from cancer and though the battle is not over , she has definitely already won. She is vibrant and back to her normal self , enjoying the things she loves the most like swimming jogging and traveling. She joked that she was "missing a few strokes" , but that she feels good being able to do it all once again. Despite all of the operations , being tired and missing school Kyanna earned her Bachelors degree in Writing from Kean University in NJ this past May. In addition , she was accepted to both NYU and Cornell's Writing programs for Grad School. Ky is truly the bomb.
Being the youngest (23) woman in the hospital who was battling cancer , she makes it her job to remind her friends and associates that it can happen to anyone. She encourages testing even in our young adult lives. For this , Kyanna is definitely my #WWW . I hope that her story inspires you just as it has done me , and also moves you to check yourself regularly. Thank you Kyanna !
For More Information About Ductal Carcinoma : http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/ductal-carcinoma-invasive-in-situ