Fla. Congresswoman Pushes Cancer Legislation After Surviving Own Battle

When she finally revealed the truth to her children, it wasn't a big sitdown discussion. It was much more casual. They had known of the seven major surgeries she'd undergone in the past year but none of the details of her double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery or having her ovaries removed.

Schultz said her children asked her a few questions, but went off to play once she reassured them she was OK.

Young Women and Breast Cancer

Schultz's own experience with the disease at a relatively young age has ignited her desire to get the word out to young women about breast cancer.

She cited insurance companies' reluctance to cover diagnostic tests for women younger than 40.

"And there's an important focus in the bill to provide grants for young women to get through the unique challenges we face." Schultz said, such as the reproductive issues that can arise with reconstructive surgery, dating and radiation treatment.

"They won't be able to breast-feed children down the road," said Schultz, who has been married to Steve Schultz for 18 years. "Their fertility is compromised because they go through radiation and chemotherapy. This will provide grants to organizations to help young women get through the challenges they face."

Get to Know Your Breasts

Schultz's bill encourages women to be familiar with the look and feel of their breasts because by knowing what feels normal, a young woman has a better chance of knowing when something is not right.

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