Former television host, Ananda Lewis has been battling breast cancer for the last two years.
Lewis, 47, shared her story in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which runs through the month of October.
She took to Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 1) to open up about her battle and apologize to close family and friends for not sharing the news sooner.
“That phrase ‘Don’t talk about it be about it,’ that’s been my life for almost two years and honestly there’s nothing any of you could have done so I apologize you felt like I excluded you,” said Lewis. “It wasn’t personal, it was just something I needed.”
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The former BET Teen Summit host also disclosed her refusal to get mammograms after watching her mother get them for 30 years only to end up with breast cancer herself. She believed the research. She avoided exposure to radiation (which included mammograms) and now admits this was a “mistake.”
“What I didn’t understand, and what I need you to understand, the reason why I’m here telling you my business, is because I would have had three or four mammograms by the time I caught it,” she expressed. “If I had done the mammograms from the time they were recommended when I turned 40, they would’ve caught the tumor in my breast years before I caught it through my own self-exam and thermography. And they would have caught it at a place where it was more manageable.”
“Where the treatment of it would have been a little easier. It’s never easy, but I use that word in comparison to what I’m going through now,” Lewis continued. “Instead, what I’m dealing with is stage 3 breast cancer that is in my lymphs. I need you to get your mammograms.”
Opting for alternative and natural treatments, Lewis says this has helped stop cancer from spreading like “wildfire.”
“That’s good news, but it’s not gone and I still have a lot of work to do, and I wish I could go back,” she expresses. “ I have a 9-year old I need to be here for. I have no intention on leaving him. I don’t want to leave my kids, my friends, my family. Hell, I don’t want to leave myself. I like being here!”
Lastly, Lewis asked her followers to share her video with other women who may be as “stubborn” as she once was about mammograms.
“I need you to tell them that they have to do it,” said Lewis. “ Early detection, especially for breast cancer, changes your outcome. It can save your life.”
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