Woman chooses double mastectomy to keep cancer from coming back


Nicole Lelenko, 40, recently underwent a double mastectomy and is awaiting a follow-up to talk about reconstructive surgery. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

Nicole Lelenko stands with her son in front of their Greenwood home. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

Evenings filled with homework help, family dinners and bedtime are returning for a single mother.

Nicole Lelenko is used to spending her evenings with 9-year-old son, Ezra Thomas, helping him with his schoolwork and making their dinner. But activities that had been normal became sporadic earlier this year following her breast cancer diagnosis.

Seven months after finding the tumor, Lelenko has her evenings with Thomas back.

But her days haven’t completely returned to normal.

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