Update: Oklahoma Woman Continues Battle Against Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, September 18th 2020, 9:26 am
By: LeAnne Taylor


Earlier this year, News On 6 introduced you to breast cancer survivor Misty Karo; and she was undergoing treatment in the middle of the pandemic.

LeAnne Taylor wanted to follow up with her and see how she's doing, as we get ready to Race for the Cure.

Misty Karo knows all too well about battling breast cancer.

In 2016, her mother got the news.

"My mom went in for her routine mammogram, and they found something then and went ahead and did a biosopsy,” Misty said. “It was just a few days later that we got the phone call: it was actually cancer."

Her mom underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; and when that was over, Misty and her family signed-up for the Komen Race for the Cure.

"After my mom finished her treatment—chemo and radiation—we all got together as a family and decided we wanted to do Race for the Cure just to celebrate her, celebrate her survivorship at that point, and really help get the word out."

Unfortunately, Misty's mom passed away in 2018. And then last year, Misty was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer: just like her mom.

"It's kind of good in one way because you have an understanding; but in another way, you really know what you're up against," Misty shared. 

Misty was just 37-years-old when she got the news. She’s a wife, a mother of two little boys, and a Senior accountant for ONE Gas.

She underwent chemo, radiation, and surgery all while dealing with a pandemic.

"You have to be so careful with everything, not just COVID. You have to be careful with the flu and with colds because they can affect you in different ways than they would affect a normal person," Misty explained. 

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While Misty continues her journey through breast cancer, she will take a chemo pill to prevent a recurrence. She also relies on her faith and her family to see her through.

"I want to see my boys grow-up, and I want to be involved. So, there was that motivation to get off the couch and get moving and to push through."

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