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Young Survivor and Advocate, Amanda Nixon, Named 2009 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego
Date:9/14/2009

will never have to deal with diagnosing someone with this disease. There is little to no research on this type of cancer and most women diagnosed don't survive.

Nixon's initial symptoms were overlooked. Her first signs were some loss of strength in her right arm while she was driving and some pain in her arm, which she assumed was from her fairly recent breast reduction. Then she noticed her right breast felt different than her left breast. According to Nixon: "It felt like there was something inside about the width of a golf ball." She returned to the plastic surgeon that had performed her breast reduction each time something presented itself and was repeatedly dismissed until her breast became engorged, purple, full of dimples, and her nipple inverted. The doctor couldn't dismiss her any longer and sent her to have a diagnostic mammogram and biopsy resulting in a breast cancer diagnoses.

"I went to my doctors with symptoms that should not have been dismissed once, let alone twice or three times. I was shy and naive and basically was treated improperly," said Nixon. "If the pain hadn't gotten so bad, I probably would have hidden the fact that my breast was purple and inflamed until it resulted in my death."

On Sunday, November 1, 2009, Amanda Nixon, along with more than 13,000 San Diegans are expected to unite in Balboa Park for the Thirteenth Annual Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure(R). A survivor ceremony will be held prior to the race to recognize Nixon as well as other San Diego breast cancer survivors.

For additional information about the San Diego Race for the Cure or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit the national Web site at www.komen.org, or the San Diego Affiliate web site at www.sdkomen.org.
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