Thankful survivor takes active role in breast cancer fight

NEW BRITAIN - 2018 is the 15th year of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

With the organization’s flagship Race in the Park about three months away, CTBHI is hoping to raise money and spread its message.

Board member Kaitlyn Clements recently told her breast cancer story - from diagnosis to recovery - and how CTBHI was there to help along the way.

Clements was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on Sept. 24, 1999, at the age of 24. Clements said she remembers that day clearly and, at first, couldn’t believe the news.

“Twenty-four-year-olds don’t get diagnosed with breast cancer,” Clements remembered thinking. “I just remember screaming at him, ‘Am I going to die?’ ”

“It was a very traumatic day that I’ll never forget,” Clements said.

Being told may have been painful, but Clements said her doctor saved her life.

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