Boyd woman fighting breast cancer gets call from granddaughter prompting her to fight on

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(WQOW)- “I thought it was the end of the world, I just didn’t think I’d make it,” said Kathy Eichner.

Three heart attacks didn’t kill Kathy Eichner, but her biggest battle was in front of her.

“It just broke my heart because I saw her just shut down,” said Alicia Eichner, Kathy’s daughter.

Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was so hard to see, like she knew she had it but she just shut down, and didn’t hear anything else,” Alicia said.

Kathy went under surgeries and chemotherapy, but it wasn’t until her second treatment that she felt defeated.

“I sat in front of the cancer place in my car and I’m crying because I just didn’t think I could go through it,” Kathy said.

It was her breaking point.

I was going to let the cancer grow, I thought I could not do this no more,” Kathy said.

“She was just crying and crying and crying,” Alicia said. She goes I can’t do this no more, I don’t want to do this no more. I don’t want to put this poison in my body, I’m done.”

The phone call with her daughter, took a turn that would change Kathy’s mind.

“I said you have to do it, and she said, ‘nope I don’t want to.’ Well somebody wants to talk to you then,” Alicia said.

It was her granddaughter that had a message for her. Four words that saved Kathy’s life.

“I love you grandma,” said Braelynn Eichner, now just three-years-old.

“I said okay, grandmas going to go in and get that poison in again, I’m going to be here, I’m going to do it,” Kathy said.

“The saddest thing is the idea of my granddaughter, I want to see her grow up,” Kathy said. “I would love to see her dance at her wedding. She’s the one that kept me alive.”

Kathy won’t find out if she’s cancer free until next month, but no matter the outcome, she plans to keep fighting.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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