Mom Who Beat Cancer Goes Viral for Epic Exit From Oncology Wing

A daughter shared an inspiring photo of her mom on her last day of chemotherapy at the hospital.

At Texas Oncology hospital in Tyler, Texas, patients typically ring a bell to signal the end of their chemotherapy treatment. But mom Wendy Freden, 45, took things to the next level by sporting Muay Thai boxing gloves and punching that bell instead.

Daughter Cameron Stokes shared the powerful moment on

, captioning it: “My mom beat cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (She wanted to punch the bell, which is why she has gloves on LOL).”

The 18-year-old’s post has gone viral, garnering more than 200,000 likes and more than 40,000 retweets. More than 350 people have commented on Cameron’s post, cheering her mom on.

Through her daughter, Freden shares with Yahoo that she had been diagnosed with stage 1A multifocal invasive breast cancer on February 1, 2016 — when she was 44 years old — after she felt a lump in her right breast. “My last mammogram was March 2016 and did not detect any abnormalities; therefore, I didn’t honestly feel it was going to be much of anything,” Freden says. “I had a diagnostic mammogram (mammogram with an ultrasound) and was immediately scheduled for a biopsy as the radiologist was pretty sure it was malignant. The biopsy revealed I had two different primary invasive cancers connected by a line of ductal cancer (looked like a barbell).”

After meeting with an oncologist, general surgeon, and plastic surgeon, she was flooded with decisions. “Lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, reconstruction,” she says. “For some women, this is an emotional decision, but I had no difficulty requesting a double mastectomy. I never wanted to hear ‘you have breast cancer’ again. Three weeks after diagnosis, I had a double mastectomy.”

That was followed by 16 weeks of chemotherapy and side effects including bone pain, hypersensitivity to light and sound, extreme exhaustion, neuropathy, and mouth sores. Since Freden — who is a presenter at the cosmetics company Younique and a physician assistant — has been unable to work during treatment, she has a YouCaring fundraising page to help with her lost income.

Her last round of chemo was on June 14. “I brought boxing gloves with me as it is tradition to ‘ring’ the chemo bell once your chemo is complete,” she shares. “I had zero intention of ringing it — I wanted to punch it off the wall.”

(Photo courtesy of Cameron Stokes)

(Photo courtesy of Cameron Stokes)

Wendy Freden looking bald and beautiful. (Photo courtesy of Cameron Stokes)


Freden adds that the gloves were special ones. “The owner of Younique had gifted these to me at the start of my cancer journey,” she says. “They are a mission first company and they only want to empower, uplift, and validate women across the globe. So it was a great honor to punch that bell with my Younique gloves on.”

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By sharing her story, Freden hopes that more women will check their own breasts for lumps, in addition to getting regular mammograms, and let their doctor know right away if they feel anything new or unusual. “It is so important to educate women about self-detection,” she says. “This saved my life. Become familiar with your breast tissue. Your breast tissue is lumpy and bumpy and you may not know exactly what you are feeling, but you will know if something is new or different if you perform regular self-breast exams.”

Freden still faces a total hysterectomy, along with breast reconstruction and up to 10 years of taking an anti-estrogen medication. “But I can say, ‘Yes, I am cancer-free as of today!’”

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