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Buddy Check: 10News' Allison Bybee remembers her mother

11:11 AM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
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Allison Bybee is used to asking the questions, not answering them.

The 10News reporter was at her doctor's office answering questions about recent breast pain.  When asked if anyone in her family had breast cancer, Allison responded, "My mother."

She and her mother, Sharon Bybee, were affectionately known as "The Twins".

"We looked alike, talked alike, we had the same shoe size even in 6th grade," said Allison.

It was a mother-daughter bond not to be broken even by breast cancer. Sharon was diagnosed in 1990 at the age of 44. At seven years old, Allison was too young to grasp the magnitude of the disease. Sharon fought back and won, but seven years later the cancer returned. 

"That hit me like a ton of bricks.  My mom assured me we were going to fight this," said Allison.

And fight the family did. But the remission was short and the cancer came back and spread to her lungs and bones.  She died in March 2000.

Not a day goes by that Allison doesn't think of her mother and breast cancer.

"Breast cancer is my biggest fear in life.  Because I was so much like my mom, I'm sadly constantly convinced I will have it."

That's all the more reason Allison is vigilant when it comes to her breast health. 

She underwent a breast ultrasound to see what might be causing her breast pain.  It showed nothing out of the ordinary. But Allison knows that could change one day, which is all the more reason she is always on the watch and ready to fight, just like her mother.

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