Kelly Moyer – Cancer Survivor
Kelly Moyer is an overcomer. She tells her cancer story as it is, just a chapter. A chapter in a much bigger book.
She credits her athletic background – before her cancer diagnosis, she was an NCAA women’s basketball official. She loves the game, and the game has taught her a lot. It taught her how to get up, get over, and get through life’s obstacles.
If you listen, you can hear it in her voice. She is focused, determined, and not easily deterred. She received her diagnosis of stage 1B breast cancer as a result of her annual mammogram in June 2020.
Let’s unpack that.
Not that we need a reminder, but…
In June 2020, most of the country was on lockdown.
Men and women nationwide canceled “routine” screenings and checkups, not wanting to enter the COVID uncertainty of a doctor’s office. As a result, many healthcare professionals fear the pandemic ripple effect of a “delayed diagnosis.” Kelly’s stage 1B could easily have been much worse if that screening had been postponed just a matter of months.
In 2021, nearly a year and a half later, Kelly has been through chemo, radiation, and a double mastectomy and is moving beyond this chapter, this obstacle.
Today, she serves as a Health and PE Teacher at the high school level and assists in the athletic department. Kelly also works as a personal trainer 2-3 days a week. She has a support system of family and friends who have cheered her on throughout her cancer journey and have been a big part of her positive outlook in the midst of great challenges.
She also has a nation of women’s basketball officials who have taken on the role of fans. They are cheering her on and showing their support. Last year, officials gave over $145,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
We are living in unprecedented times. So many things are different, uncertain, changing. But for all the things that are changing, there are some constants – the effect of attitude is one. Kay Yow would say, “We have little or no control over what happens to us in life, but we have 100% control over how we will respond.” Kelly would agree.
Cancer changes you physically, mentally, and emotionally, and adjusting back to a cancer-free life takes time to learn new routines and build new habits. Three years later, Kelly said that she finally feels like herself again – and she feels incredible. This past September, she received the all-clear from her Oncologist and only needs to come back for annual checkups.
Kelly is urging women to get screened and make their health a priority. Some of the best advice Kelly ever received was to take advantage of her healthcare’s cancer policy, and she’d like to pay it forward by telling you the same – “If you don’t have cancer, it may seem irrelevant to get cancer insurance, but it’s better to be covered. When you hear the words, ‘you have cancer,’ the last thing you want to think about is finances. Every expense was covered under my policy and it was a tremendous help.”
Even amidst a pandemic, cancer can’t wait. Thankfully, Kelly didn’t wait. Her cancer was caught early. As a former official, the “call” to have that June 2020 screening was the call that saved her life.