Dealing with the disease is never easy, even for a nurse. Throughout the month of October, WTRF will be sharing “Stories Of Strength” during breast cancer awareness month.
Kyla Morris will never forget the text she sent her boyfriend from the doctor’s office. “I can’t talk right now. It’s cancer. Call you later,” she recalled. And it was an aggressive form of cancer, causing Kyla to have a double mastectomy.
Throughout chemo and radiation treatments, she continued working as a nurse at OVMC. “I’m not a person that likes to stay still so I needed that get up and go every day, I needed that normalcy and I needed to be around my people. And my nurses are my people,” Kyla said.
She said throughout her battle, her mom was her rock. Independent and stubborn, Kyla said she is not one to ask for help.
“She was a very independent child. She still is,” her mother, Nancy Morris said.
Kyla said it was hard to say, “I need your help.” But she said when she told her mom, she was there in about 15 minutes.
“It was a journey that I wouldn’t wish on anybody, you know, to go through the chemo, the radiation, the surgeries. But it was a journey that had positives mixed in with it,” Nancy said.
Now cancer free for one year, Kyla looks back with smiles on their sleepovers. “It was kind of a group healing kind of thing because I think it was getting through it, it was marking off the days,” she said.
Through it all, Kyla insisted that nobody whisper or tip-toe about the subject. Now, she has a new job at Ohio Valley Medical Center: oncology navigator.
“She became even stronger and now she knows what it’s all about and she’s gonna help others going through the same thing, and be their guide,” Nancy said.