After Surviving Breast Cancer, This 18 Year Old Girl Scout Is Helping Women Fight Back!
Arshawna Warren got the shock of a lifetime when one of her daily self-exams felt a little bit different than usual. Her mother had taught her at a very young age that it was important to take care of her body, and taught her the proper way to check her own breasts for abnormalities. Arshawna’s mother had survived breast cancer and wanted to be sure that her daughter never had to go through the same trials as she did.
On that day, Arshawna’s actions may have actually saved her life. Early detection of breast abnormalities is often the difference between life or death. “It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life,” she revealed during an interview. She decided that she wanted to make a difference. She wanted other young people to have the same education that she did – the education that saved her life.
She put on a workshop for other young girls to learn about early detection, self-exams, and to help reach out to those who may have never heard of such exams. Due to her hard work, Arshawna was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, given only to young women go above and beyond to help their communities. Just 2 years later, Arshawna is continuing to make an impact in her community and will continue to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of women everywhere!