Mid-South woman with rare form of breast cancer takes to TikTok to raise awareness

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A Mid-South woman with a rare form of breast cancer is sharing her health battle on TikTok.

She said it’s all in an effort to encourage women to advocate for themselves and their health.

“That’s the thing I talk about in my content creation is being as positive as you can but also pushing for your rights for the health you deserve,” Alexis Kannenberg of Memphis said.

Kannenberg was diagnosed with mucinous carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer, at 27 years old.

She first noticed a lump in her breast at age 26, but getting tested wasn’t easy.

“I went into the doctor, and he said, ‘I can feel it,’ but he said not to worry about it. I was too young to worry about it,” Kannenberg said.

A year went by, but her lump never went away.

Finally, after being refused mammograms at two different clinics, Kannenberg was screened for breast cancer.

“The next day they called me and said, ‘You have cancer,’ she said. “It was already very advanced.”

After being in remission for two years, the cancer is back and has spread to Kannenberg’s ribs, spine, and liver.

Doctors estimate she has about five years to live.

Though her days may be limited, Kannenberg said her son and the support of her almost 18,000 TikTok followers is what keeps her going.

“My overall goal is just to bring positivity and leave a positive message for my family, because I am going to die soon,” she said. “It’s coming, and I want to leave whatever footprint I can for anybody else that needs it and for my children.”

If you develop unusual symptoms or feel like something is wrong, Kannenberg said it’s important not to ignore them, and to seek out medical help.

If you would like to follow Kannenberg on TikTok, click here.

If you would like to learn how you can help her and her family, you can donate to her GoFundMe page, click here.

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