Cancer

Mom, daughter battle breast cancer together

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Genetics plays an important role when it comes to breast cancer, especially as doctors learn more about the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes. But for one mother and daughter duo, their battles with breast cancer are a bit more unusual.

“Overwhelming. Kind of disbelief I think. I think we didn’t believe it at the beginning,” said Kim Palmateer, a mother of two adult daughters who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Heather Clay and her mom, Kim, were both diagnosed with breast cancer within eight months of each other. Clay was diagnosed in Dec. 2016 at just 35 years old. She also tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation.

“It goes from a high to a low within moments sometimes and I think it’s really important just to have faith in yourself and in the team of people that’s taking care of you,” Clay said.

Clay chose to have a bilateral mastectomy and other surgeries making her unable to have biological…