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NMSU nursing student, cancer survivor co-chairs annual fundraiser

Monday December 9, 2013
Lynda Garcia
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As Tough Enough to Wear Pink’s newest and youngest co-chairwoman, New Mexico State University nursing student Lynda Garcia has more than her share of experience with breast cancer, according to a news release.

It’s not just because she’s a nursing student who’s done her homework on the annual fundraiser, or because her sorority, Delta Gamma, helped organize some of last year’s events.

It’s because Garcia, at the age of 19, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her sophomore year of college.

Fears confirmed

Garcia spent winter break that year in Los Lunas with her family and underwent tests that confirmed her fears, according to the release.

“In February 2010, I started eight rounds of chemotherapy, and I went every two weeks. I lost my hair. I was really upset, but I got over it,” she said in the release. That summer, Garcia underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction, and radiation therapy from August to October.

She found support from friends and her mom, Donna. “She had been there before, so she knew what to expect,” Garcia said in the release. “She told me to keep my head up. I’ve always been taught that everything happens for a reason, and if I was going to get through something, I had to have a positive outlook about it. I try to take the day as it comes and go with it.”

Future plans

The cancer ordeal has helped Garcia, now in remission, to relate to clients and has given her a better understanding as she goes through clinicals in her senior year of nursing school. She anticipates graduating in May 2014 and returning to Albuquerque, according to the release.

For more information, visit at PinkAggie.com/About_TETWP.php.


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