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Georgetown Children Cope with Mom's Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 10:13 AM CDT

Any cancer diagnosis can shake a family to its core, but when a parent gets the bad news it's often the children who suffer right along with them. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to introduce you to a Georgetown family who is coping with a mother's fight against advanced breast cancer. 
    
11-year-old Regan Daly has grown up with cancer in her home. "It was something I had to get used to. A lot of the time I'd cry or I'd feel scared or sad. I didn't know what was going on half the time," said Regan.

Doctors diagnosed her mom with breast cancer in 2008. Two and half years later, Cindy Daly's cancer spread to her liver advancing to stage IV.

"We sat down and talked to them and said you know, Mommy's not giving up. We're fighting this all the way," said Cindy Daly. "I promise you that I will do everything that I can."

Cindy will spend the rest of her life in treatment. "It's given me a wake up call and I'm still here after two years. I don't believe that they thought I would be."

"I worry a lot when she's not feeling good," said 9-year-old Riley Daly.

Now everytime Cindy gets sick, her youngest daughter fears the worst. "She felt like she was about to pass out to me and Regan, that felt like are we still going to have a mom," said Riley Daly.

"I have felt guilty before because I sometimes think that that one night I didn't pray because I was so tired or something, it just caused that to happen," said Regan.

Seeing her girls' reactions has changed Cindy's perspective. "I've learned for them I need to be a lot more open. They want me to be open and let them know what's going on."

"She has told me it's not your fault," said Regan. "It's really nobody's fault."

While cancer confronts their family taking Cindy's energy and hair, the girls are glad they get to see their mom fight back everyday. "I feel lucky enough to still have a mom. I don't care how she looks," said Riley. "I care that she's alive and with me and still loves me."

To help her family better understand what she's going through, Cindy relies on support groups at the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas in Austin. For more information on their programs, visit their website.

The Daly's story is the first part of our month-long series dedicated to bringing Breast Cancer Awareness to Central Texas. KEYE TV is partnering with the BCRC of Texas and Randalls.


-- Deeda Payton, KEYE TV News.

Georgetown Children Cope with Mom's Breast Cancer Diagnosis


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