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Jenn's Journey: Main anchor shares breast cancer battle

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 2:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:40pm

"This is the scariest, most emotional thing I've ever been through."

In October of last year, our friend and main anchor Jennifer Kielman was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.

She detected the cancer with a self-breast exam, "I found in my left breast a little, tiny, rock-like thing."

It's the only way the cancer would have been detected in a woman her age, since mammograms start at a later age.

"At that moment I knew that my life was going to change forever," she says.

Since then, Jen's gone through surgery to remove the cancer and is in the middle of chemotherapy. It's the experience of eight percent of women in this country.

Jen shared her days of treatment with us. She explains, in her own words, what the experience has meant in her life.

Learn about cancer and staying healthy at http://www.cancer.org/

Jenn allowed our cameras to take us through chemotherapy. See her explain how the side effects are changing her life here.

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Jenn,
I saw your story on your battle with breast cancer. You touched my heart with your bravery to share your personal experience to us in East Texas. I lost my soul mate, my best friend,Shay, to cervical cancer in 2009. She is my Angel in Heaven, I will ask her to be with you, to watch over you. I will pray for you to beat this horrible disease. Stay strong.
David

Jenn-
Your story hits very close to home. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan. What an emotional rollercoaster and I have never been so scared. I had surgery to remove both breast and start chemo in March. Thank you for your story- it gives me hope that I can get through this. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
TL

Hi, 21 years cancer free now!
I also found a lump myself-at age 38-1 year after a clear mammogram - thanks goodness I did the self exam & acted. Had max chemo and radiation. Got really sick from chemo but only lost a few days of work overall. Cut my hair really short since I was to lose my hair too & bought a wig. Traveled for work & never knew if I'd wake up with no hair. Too stubborn I guess and never lost my hair-but still have the wig. Stay stubborn, strong & enjoy each day. Cathy

Jennifer
I would like to take this time to tell you every time I see your store my heart breaks and I sit and cry with you as I watch all this but I get a good feeling knowing your a strong woman as well as a brave one. With all the bad things that happen out here and that not to many people want to tell others about it. It takes strong brave people like yourself to stand up and " SAY HEY THIS IS REAL" We need more people like you to be doing this. Thank you.

Jenn,Loved your story..I too am a 2yr. survivor of Mastatic Breast Cancer. God has blessed me more than I can tell. But thru all that I have been thru I believe a positive attitude which I have had is half the battle. All the glory goes to Jesus Christ himself. The beautiful smile you have I can tell you are a positive person also..My prayers are with you,stay stronge..GO PINK....

Jenn,
Nine years ago my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. After the initial shock we believed God was going to use this, and Judy, to minister to others. She has been cancer free for seven years now. I know she would love to talk with you and encourage you in any way she can.
Wade Hobbs
Pastor - Trinity Valley Community Church - Palestine

About 9 years ago my wife noticed a lump on her breast. After all the initial shock we, too, felt God had allowed this so she could be an encouragement to others. I know she would love to talk with you and her story is somewhat similar to yours. She had been cancer free for 7 years now. Keep the faith and trust that the Lord will carry you through.
Wade Hobbs
Pastor of Trinity Valley Community Church in Palestine

Jenn,
I just saw your story this evening. While I have not had any form of cancer, both my wife and son have. My wife is doing great, but my son (now 43) continues his fight with brain tumors.
Thank you so much for sharing your story. You have been added to my prayer list, and will be added to my "prayer chains" across the world. God bless you, may He wrap His loving arms around you and continue to give you comfort, strength and peace.
John

Dear Jenn,

Holding lots of good thoughts and sending lots of prayers your way. Remember to PUSH--Pray Until Something Happens !!

God Bless you abundantly !! Pat D.

Hey Jennifer--
Holding many good thoughts and sending lots of prayers. Remember to PUSH--Pray Until Something Happens !!!!

Love you, Pat D. Lufkin

hi jennifer am chad l ove you hope u get back on ketk soon?

Jen I'm so happy that u take one day at a time & knowing the strong woman u r,You can get thru this with the strength of God & your Family by your side all the way.I have know u thru your mom & you r in my prayers all the time.I'm proud of u for u 2 stand up & tell everyone what u r going thru that means,u r dealing with it & not blaming anyone for what has happen.Each one of us Ladies have 2 do our own exam 2 check for ourself, that nothing is showing up. God Bless You lov Glenda!!!

Jenn, Tona and I watch your evening broadcast daily. You are a joy to see and hear especially after that awesome and courageous announcement concerning your battle with cancer. A battle in which will find you,through God's healing strength and power, victorious over this disease. We are praying for you and your Mom that peace, comfort and healing will be bestowed upon you. That God will heal and protect you from further occurrence of this dreadful disease is our wish.

Van and Tona Wilson

Thanks for your story Jenn. I was just diagnosed with breast cancer last month and have atarted trearment. I am also concerned about keeping my job, but so far my supervisors have been understanding. I also applied for FMLA so my job will be there if I have to miss 12 weeks of work. I am the bread winner of my family since my husban has been unemployed for the last two years due to the economy, so I am placing things in God's hands because He will take care of me and you. Don't loose faith.

Jenn~

I feel very fortunate to know you and to witness the fierce battle you fight each day with such grace. You are always a breath of fresh air and I will continue to keep you in my prayers throughout your difficult journey. You are truly a role model of great courage. I pray if I am ever in the same situation that I can be half as brave as you have proven to be.

Suzanne

Jenn, I so admire your courage and strength. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I learned just today that I have breast cancer. While looking for answers I came across your story. I pray that I can go thru the next steps as bravely as you have. I don't know what my next few months will hold but I do know we have an awesome God who will get us thru all this. I wish you the best and I will be praying for you.

Angie B

Jenn,

What a Blessing you are to women and men of all ages to share your powerful and enlightening story.

Thank you.

Pamela and Richard

HI JENNIFER,

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE II BREAST CANCER LAST APRIL. I AM A BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST AND BECAUSE THEY SAID MY CANCER WAS NOT GENETIC AND APPARENTLY NOT AGGRESSIVE, I CHOSE TO GO THE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ROUTE. I WAS TAKEN OFF ALL SUGAR EXCEPT XYLITOL, I NOW TAKE TWO IMMUNE BOOSTERS, I EAT ONLY FROM SCRATCH AND I USE A BREAST CREAM THAT MY CANCER DOC IN FT WORTH HAS DEVELOPED. HE HAS 1200 DOCUMENTED CASES OF CANCER CURES OF DIFFERENT KINDS. HE IS AN MD - OB/GYN.

ROSALIE

My Mom and Grannie both had brest cancer Mom in the early 1980s and Grannie in the 1950's. Both beat the cancer through the Lords help. Thanks for your story and we will pray for you. Now just think about a woman in your situation and at the same age with small children and no health insurance that will die because she can not afford the medical bills. I wonder how scared she is?

Thank you for sharing your story. Very enlightening and I wish you a full recovery. Watch you and Neal every evening.

Thank you for putting not only your story, but our story on the air. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer Aug 09, had mastectomy, chemo. and reconstruction. One year later had recurrence in lymph nodes and have had radiation and doing chemotherapy now. Women need to know what to look for but also we gather strength from God and each other as we walk this journey. It also helps people understand what we are going through as we work and continue a life during and after treatment.

Thank you for sharing this story. Jenn is an inspiration and continues to be in our prayers.
Lorie Cox
(Nicole's mom)

My Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age - back when very little medical advances had been made. I was the middle with an older brother and younger sister. Mom made a deal with the Lord - let me live to see my kids grow up and you can have me. She was blessed with 40 more years of life and died of natural causes at 87.

Let your faith steer your life to recovery. It will happen. Stay strong and positive.

Thanks for sharing with us, Jenn. It is possible to overcome great odds to live a long and healthy life. I know; I have done that. I had cancer with a recurrence nine years later (6 nodes involved--odds not good at all), but here I am doing fine after that recurrence 20 years ago. I went to MD Anderson; they literally saved my life. I'm glad you're going on with your life, professionally and otherwise. That's important. Best of luck and health to you! You can do it!

Jennifer,
I just watched your story and it really touched my heart. You are so brave and strong.Thanks for sharing your story.You are in my prayers. God Bless You.
Trina

Jenn - Thank You for sharing your story, especially for the younger ladies, I am so glad you didn't ignore the lump based on your age. I pray for strength and comfort for you during this time ~ you have a lot of people praying for you that you don't know. Debby

Jenn, God bless you. You're a true example of what people can do when faced with a major health problem. I found out I had breast cancer a year ago last October, but thankfully it was not an agressive type, so I had a lumpectomy and then radiation. You're in my prayers. I know you'll be ok.

Jennifer,

I couldn't watch your story last night, but I made sure that I taped it. I just got through watching it, and I cannot believe how much you touched my heart. You are incredibly brave, and your Mother must be so very, very proud of you. Thank you for sharing....I know that your story will help and encourage those who are going through, or might go through, what you are experiencing. I'm so glad that you haven't lost that big, beautiful smile! My prayers are with you.

The courage that yourshow encourages not only those enduring horror of breast cancer, it encourages and educates those of us loving and supporting sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and best friends who are living with the disease. I held my sister as she laid on the cold tile of a her bathroom floor, throwing up and crying. I felt completely helpless; your shared story helps us help those ladies we love get thru the cancer event. And a big thank you for the comment on prayer!

I wish that I had been able to hear a story like yours in those years when I was helping my sister get thru it. Those of use who love and support loved ones with cancer learn from your experiences. I sat on a cold tile floor and held my sister as she cried over the loss of her hair and the loss of her breast between bouts of throwing up.
I was at a loss to know how to help my sister who was blindsided by breast cancer. I applaud your courage in sharing your story, you are making a difference

I have known a lot of powerful women in my life but you outshine them all. You are such an inspiration to all of us in so many ways. And you are so brave and honest. You have helped so many that you will never be aware of. Thanks for showing us that one can indeed have it all, especially if we rely on God for strength and each other for comfort. You are a remarkable woman and a role model for so many.
God Bless You,
Patti K

Jennifer,
My husband, children and I watch you on the news daily. We love your energy and sweet smile. I'm so sorry that you are going through this, but you seem to have such a wonderful attitude. I'm so thankful that you found this at such an early stage also. I know, due to going through a recent major health issue, that God can heal ANYTHING. He is with you, and I have already added you to my prayer list. Thank you for sharing your story. East Texas loves you!
Ginger Lustig :)

Jenn- I just saw your story. Stay strong doll. We're all praying for you! We love you! Please keep us updated. Your beautiful!!

Jennifer,

The story on your recent diagnoses was very educational. I am glad you felt you should "use your God given talent" with the camera. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010. I have undergone surgery, chemo and am now taking radiation. I think it is up to "us" to make people more aware of the rise in breast cancer. I had an annual mammogram but the kind of tumor I had was undetected until I discovered it.

We are both blessed to be survivors! May God continue to bless you!

Jenn --

I love you and thank you for being such an inspiration to me and everyone around you. You are in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your story.

Parker and Kristy

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