13 November 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
First lady of Ondo State, Betty Akeredolu, has revealed that she made the decision to cut off one of her breasts in order to survive breast cancer.
Breast cancer has been a global phenomenon that has claimed lives of women all over the world, but its early detection is pivotal in the survival of the disease.
“It was after the examination that the doctor again confirmed there was a lump. Even at that stage, he didn’t know what it was.
“I want to quickly emphasise something; it is part of the awareness campaign on breast cancer – that when a woman notices a lump in her breast, she cannot say what that lump is until she sees a doctor.
“It is the doctor that will recommend a test. It is after the test that she can know whether what she has is breast cancer or not.”
She also revealed her husband’s fear when she revealed the disease to him.
“When I told my husband, he was scared but he didn’t know that I had been fortified by the TV programme I watched.
“I think he must have wondered where I got the strength because I was on my feet and already prepared that whatever that woman did, I was going to do it and be okay. From then, my treatment commenced.
“The next line of treatment was mastectomy. By then, the level of my breast health care was at the rudimentary level. That was in 1997. It was still the same radical mastectomy; I said remove the damn thing if that would make me live. We did that and the rest is history.” Betty revealed.