The news wasn't completely unexpected, but still untimely, coming just
a day after Shelly Cox celebrated her 44th birthday. Shelly had been officially
diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in her right breast. It was a rapid development
for Shelly, who roughly a month earlier, in November of 2015, had undergone
a yearly physical with her gynecologist, Dr. Douglas McKee, that revealed
no health issues.
But not long after her visit with Dr. McKee, Shelly discovered a lump in
her right breast. "I wasn't too worried about it since I knew I had a
mammogram coming up in a couple weeks," said Shelly, a Visalia resident
who worked at the time as a receptionist for Dr. Alex Lechtman, a local
plastic surgeon. "I felt if there was something there, the mammogram will
detect it and we'll move forward."