Normal is a Great Place to Be

For breast cancer survivor Jennifer Perry, the daughter of NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock, normal is a good place to be.

"I was only 34 and had no risk factors at all," said Perry. " And didn't think anything until they called me and said it was cancer."

Perry was diagnosed a year and a half ago and has since undergone a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

"Everything you are feeling, no matter what everyone else tells you, is absolutely OK," said Perry. "You have so many emotions going through your head, people say you can only be positive, but you can't be positive 24/7."

The journey, at times, has been difficult for dad.

"It's been really tough. You expect as you age that you are going to be seeing people getting sick or dying, but you expect that of your parents, your aunts, your uncles," said Finfrock. "You don't expect to see your daughter coming down with breast cancer in her 30's."
Perry credits her loving family, faith and great friends, also known as the "cancer fairies," with helping her through her journey and she wants to spred the message of how important self-breast exams really are.

"If I would have done self-checks and found it earlier, I wouldn't have to have gone though chemo and might not have gone through radiation," said Perry. "I wouldn't have to have had a mastectomy."

Since finishing chemo and radiation, Perry said her life has been great and is getting back to normal.

"I can get my life back together. We went on family vacations, I got my hair back together, just doing normal, normal things."

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