Breast Cancer Awareness: Kimbur Lee Moore
Kimbur Lee Moore’s symptoms started in 2017.
“I began to have tiny, sharp pain from my breast to my back,” she said. “I thought it was too much caffeine.”
A few months later her annual mammogram detected something in one breast, and further testing resulted in a diagnosis of Stage One breast cancer. It was the second time Moore was afflicted with a life-threatening illness.
“When I was 5 years old, I had malignant tumors on the back of my head,” Moore said. “They were removed along with my entire scalp. My head was covered with skin grafts from my legs.”
She spent two months in the hospital and because of an opening in her scalp, a nurse accompanied her to school. Moore said going through that taught her to have empathy for others, and it also taught her courage.
Moore said she has been monitored basically her whole life because of the childhood cancer and has read much about the disease. Before she attended a meeting with the oncologist, she was widely read about breast cancer, surgery and treatment options.
“I didn’t want the doctor to just remove a portion,” Moore said. “I wanted both breasts removed. I did my research and made the choice.”
Moore said that she routinely brings a recorder to every doctor’s appointment, secures permission to record, and tapes their conversation.
“So much is discussed, and I want to be able to go back and listen to what the doctor said,” she said.
Before deciding on a plastic surgeon, Moore interviewed three. She said she wanted to be sure the plastic surgeon’s acquired skills would benefit her.
“You have options,” Moore said. “You should research before deciding on a doctor.”
Following the double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the doctor told her that cancer was found in the breast thought to be healthy. Moore said she was very happy she decided to remove both.
“My family, my fiancé Glenn Montgomery, and the members of Beacon Light Church of LaPlace helped me during my recovery,” she said.
Several years ago, Moore was in a television commercial and said she would like to return to acting and start modeling.
“I’d like to start experiencing things I used to be afraid to do,” she said.
Moore still has one fear. “I’m afraid of not living each day to the fullest.”