Survivor says early detection is the key during 8th Annual Pink Luncheon

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Early detection was the clear message at the 8th Annual Pink Luncheon.

Arguably one of the largest luncheons in Parker County, another sold-out crowd packed into the Family Life Center at Victory Baptist Church Friday.

Leslie Mouton, a news anchor and reporter with KSAT in San Antonio, was the guest speaker. More than 13 years ago, Mouton was diagnosed with breast cancer and shared her battle with viewers in hopes of helping others.

“I will never forget when I found that lump,” Mouton said. “It was one particular time, while I was laying in bed [doing a self exam], that I felt this tiny lump, this pebble.”

She said she immediately sensed something wrong and called to her husband for confirmation.

“He felt it too and said, ‘This isn’t right, you need to get this checked out,’” Mouton said.

After a battery of tests, it was on a Monday that she received a call from her doctor and her worst suspicions were revealed.

“Fear gripped my soul,” Mouton said. “It wasn’t fear of dying of cancer, for me it was cancer killing my career.”

She said 13 years ago it wasn’t as accepted to be bald and battling cancer as it is today.

She toyed with the idea of going public and telling her story, typical expectations of a reporter.

“I felt God telling me there was a greater purpose, that He could use this,” Mouton said.

She said her vanity took over when she was told that she was going to lose her hair.

“I looked into the mirror and thought, ‘Why am I so attached to the hair?’” Mouton added.

She later thought that it was because so much time was given to its care in cutting, coloring and styling it. Later, she bought a wig and thought she at least didn’t have to “worry about the roots.”

Mouton said two weeks to the day, after her first chemo treatment, her hair began to fall out.

“I thought, ‘You know, let’s look at this positively,’” she said. “If my hair is falling out, then the chemo is doing what it’s supposed to do. So that means it’s killing the cancer cells running throughout my body, so let’s look at this as a success.”

She said she felt that for many people with cancer, it was actually harder for those that love them, than those going through it.

“It’s because we’re actually in the fight,” Mouton said. “We’re doing something about it, we can get treatment, but to the people that love us, they can only watch, sit by and be afraid.”

She finished by saying to not be afraid of breast cancer, but to be afraid of having it and not knowing it.

“What’s important is how you live,” Mouton said. “Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”

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