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Brave & Beautiful: Beating Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re highlighting four women in our community who have fought and/or continue to fight the disease. Keep reading to discover their important stories and words of wisdom.

Tina Macuha

Good Day Sacramento anchor Tina Macuha was diagnosed in March 2009 with stage 0 breast cancer and had a double mastectomy that April. Tina has a family history of the disease including her grandmother, four cousins, and mother. “My mom died of breast cancer in the early ’80s, so I was diligent on getting mammograms right after she passed away.” After deciding to share the news with viewers, the outpouring of love and support was immediate. “I received emails from women who said they put off their mammograms and seeing me go through this made them schedule [an] appointment.”

Tina Macuha; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


What advice do you have for other women?
Bring someone with you to your appointments so they can take notes and help ask questions. When we're stressed and overwhelmed with this diagnosis, we don't hear what the doctor is saying because we're in fear mode. Always ask questions and be an advocate for yourself!

What has this journey taught you?
I've learned I can reach out to others for support and do what it takes to be healthy. I feel so fortunate to have family and friends who held me up during a difficult time. This journey taught me blessings come in many ways.

Karly Hernandez

Jackson resident Karly Hernandez is a dedicated wife and loving mother to two daughters. The month after her brother passed away, in May 2021, she found a lump in her left breast. That September she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Though she initially experienced hurdles obtaining insurance coverage and care, she found a multifaceted approach from Marshall Medical Center. “Marshall has been great. They’re very attentive; as a questioner by nature, they answer all [of mine]. I feel so blessed to be accepted by them.” Now cancer-free, Karly continues to undergo chemotherapy. While in treatment, she makes sure to visit and get to know all the other patients in the cancer center.

Karly Hernandez; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


What advice do you have for other women?
Listen to your body, listen to your gut, and pursue it. Mindset is everything. Although it’s scary, doctors and resources are there to help you get through it. I am very thankful for everyone and to God for pulling me through.

What has this journey taught you?
Appreciate the small moments. I’m thankful to be here with my babies and grateful to get to see them grow up…to be there for first days of school and to read [them] bedtime stories.

Ashley McMahon

Ashley McMahon beat stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma in 2017 and is currently fighting a return of metastatic breast cancer throughout her body. Both diagnoses were a shock and have included intense treatments, such as radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, bone infusions, and oxygen. But through it all, Ashley remains determined. “I have had an amazing support network of family and friends both times. I have so many prayer warriors looking out for me…I have also chosen to be a fighter and stay positive.”

Ashley McMahon; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


What advice do you have for other women?
Be vigilant. My initial diagnosis happened because I stayed on top of things. Ask questions and go for checkups; don't be afraid. You may feel alone, but you aren't. There are so many of us out there fighting cancer, and the bond you can form with others fighting and surviving is special.

What has this journey taught you?
Pay attention to your body. Live for today and learn from yesterday but don't live there. If you have plans, make them happen; don't wait for anyone else to make your life what you want it to be.

Carol Garcia

Carol is a 24-year breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed at age 39, thanks to a proactive gynecologist who listened to her concerns and helped her find the right treatment, she underwent four surgeries including a double mastectomy to become cancer-free.  As with many women, her diagnosis came as a shock. “I thought, ‘I don’t have time for this.’ I have two girls to raise, and I was working full-time.” Now, however, cancer care takes precedence in her life. Through the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund ( and the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation (, she has dedicated herself to raising money for cancer research, care, and education.

Carol Garcia; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


What advice do you have for other women?
Don't put off getting mammograms. Even if your insurance won't pay for them, there are no-cost resources available. Early detection has come a long way.

What has this journey taught you?
Slow down, listen to your body, and don’t get overwhelmed. We live in a high-paced world and sometimes you just need to take a moment for yourself. Spend time with people you love and don’t get caught up in the rush.

By Pauline Arroyo

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