Survivor Story: Heather Hirst
Heather Hirst of Glassboro says she has been “up to bat” many times when it comes to fighting cancer. And depending on the circumstances, she might “get a walk, bunt the ball or hit it out of the park.” But each time she’s had to face a recurrence of her cancer, Heather remembers the people on her “bench” supporting her – her friends, family and members of the care team at the Kennedy Cancer Center.
The 41-year-old married mother of a grown son began her journey as a cancer patient and survivor in December 2009 when she discovered a lump in her left breast during a self-examination. A month later, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in March 2010, underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy performed by Dr. Eduardo Careaga, Medical Director of the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Care Center.