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Romona's Kids: Arshawna's story

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Romona Robinson has spent nearly 20 years supporting women and men in the fight against breast cancer. And in that time, she's never met a teenager facing the disease, until now.

Tonight, she's introducing you to a local girl, who's turning her breast cancer scare into something so powerful, we just had to tell you her story.

"My mind was saying, oh my goodness you have breast cancer you have breast cancer," said 17-year-old Arshawna Warren.

"I get this call and I'm hurrying home to get to her; I'm seeing this, I'm feeling this, I'm thinking oh my gosh, this can't be what I think it is," said Paul Warren, Arshawna's mother.

Last summer, at only 16 years old, Arshawna was doing a self-breast exam, and found a lump. Stunned, she and her mom did some research.

"There's nothing out there, there are no facts out there for teenagers, none, and when you open up the books you have older women talking about wigs," said Paula Warren.

Because her mother is a survivor of the disease, doctors ordered surgery to remove it.     

It was benign. That could have been the end of the story, but not for Arshawna.

It's said that the two most important days of your life are the day you're born, and the day that you learn what you were born to do.

"I realized that there are girls out there who need to know, that need to know that checking is important, that breast cancer isn't just one disease out of a million," said Arshawna.

She turned her Girl Scout Gold Award project into a mission to get information out there for teens; sponsoring a workshop, and drafting a brochure for just for girls, middle school through high school. She'll hold another workshop in the fall.

"The whole flow of, if I touch 100, that 100 will touch another 100 each, and its just going to spread like that," said Paula Warren.

"I think she's brave and she has courage and I would actually take it one step further, I would call her one of my heroes," said Dr. Edward Barksdale of University Hospitals. "She will touch many lives by her actions."

But her bravery was tested again when she was told she'll have to be vigilant for the rest of her life.  And she got bad news at a recent checkup.

"I had to get another ultrasound and they found another mass," said Arshawna.

Doctors say it has to be monitored.  She'll go back for another checkup in three months.

"My heart hurts that she's going through this," said Paula Warren.

"I feel like I'm going to have some bad days, I'm going to have some hard days where I just want to cry, but I'm going to have days where I'm going to be ok, I can get through this, I'm just going to have to wait and see," said Arshawna.

Arshawna is not letting this threat define her life. She's going on with her everyday activities, from dance to playing the violin in the school orchestra to singing in the gospel choir.

Arshawna plans to be both a doctor and a missionary.

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