After a breast self-examination, Amanda Figueiredo noticed something odd on her right breast. With the push from her family, she made an appointment with her doctor, who ordered an ultrasound.
A biopsy and a few weeks later, Amanda heard the words she did not want to hear: she was diagnosed with aggressive stage II breast cancer on June 7, 2017, at just 30 years old.
“I felt numb,” said Amanda. “I took it for what it was when I got the call; I only broke down when I said I had cancer out loud.”
She continued, “ I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. But I am a fighter and I have my boxing gloves on, and this will not stop me from spending the next 100 years with my family.”
Amanda is now undergoing ACT chemotherapy. She has a few treatments left, and is planning on enjoying an amazing day with her friends and family at Komen CSNJ’s Race for the Cure on Sunday, November 5.
Team Amanda the Fighter has already surpassed their fundraising goal; they have raised over $4,500 for the fight against breast cancer, making Amanda a top fundraiser for this year’s event.
Above all, Amanda wants to inspire others with her tenacious spirit and encourage other young women to be breast self-aware.
“It’s been a very big struggle and fight,” said Amanda. “But this does not defy me. I have two beautiful children who I adore and they love their momma.”
“I’m becoming stronger then I ever was.”