Sharing a breast cancer journey through song - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sharing a breast cancer journey through song

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A Spokane Valley woman is trying to send an important message. Listen to your body if you feel like something is off.

She's a breast cancer survivor and shared her story through song Thursday night at an event called 'Mammo Night' for breast cancer awareness month.

Valerie Stichweh is a beautiful singer and she's been sharing her talent since she was a little girl. With every song, comes a story. "I found a lump. It just felt unusual. Had all the tests done and I just lit up the screen with cancer," said Stichweh.

At 39-years-old, Stichweh got stage three breast cancer. It was unusual because normally any woman would get a mammogram at the age of 40. "I had a five centimeter tumor," she said.

She went through a year and two months of chemo inside the Multicare Rockwood Breast Health Center. 33 treatments of radiation, "I had a double mastectomy and 13 lymph nodes removed. It was heartbreaking. I had (at the time) a 9-year-old-daughter, my husband, parents, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be here," she said.

Through that time, she was really sick and it was hard to sing but she had a support system backing her up. "When breast cancer is diagnosed early, it's survivable, it's very treatable," said Heidi Richardson, Stichweh's breast surgeon.

Stichweh's now been two years breast cancer free. "It's amazing because I always knew life was a gift," she said.

She gets to be here with her husband and her daughter, living life to the fullest. "If you feel like something is off in any way, even if it's small, get it checked out because it could save your life," said Stichweh. Because, it saved hers.

The song Stichweh shared about her journey through breast cancer at Thursday night's event is called, 'Rainbow After the Storm.' You can find it and listen to it on iTunes. 

Rockwood providers will having another Mammo night coming up on Monday at their main clinic located on 400 East 5th Avenue. You can call their clinic to schedule a mammogram at (509) 755-5801.  

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Court documents offer disturbing details in Spokane infant's death

    Court documents offer disturbing details in Spokane infant's death

    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:34 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:34:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents are offering more details about a disturbing case of child abuse in Spokane. Investigators arrested 33-year-old Erik Sherman in the death of his baby Thursday. One doctor who witnessed the abuse told investigators in court documents it was "one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in 23 years of practice."

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents are offering more details about a disturbing case of child abuse in Spokane. Investigators arrested 33-year-old Erik Sherman in the death of his baby Thursday. One doctor who witnessed the abuse told investigators in court documents it was "one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in 23 years of practice."

    >>
  • Legal battle raging over home owned by Shasta Groene but used by her dad

    Legal battle raging over home owned by Shasta Groene but used by her dad

    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:37 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:37:31 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 13 years ago Shasta Groene lived through unimaginable horror. In mid-May, 2005, her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her oldest brother were murdered in front of her. 8-year-old Shasta was kidnapped and, along with her 9-year-old brother Dylan, tortured and sexually abused for weeks. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 13 years ago Shasta Groene lived through unimaginable horror. In mid-May, 2005, her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her oldest brother were murdered in front of her. 8-year-old Shasta was kidnapped and, along with her 9-year-old brother Dylan, tortured and sexually abused for weeks. 

    >>
  • Lawyer says girls' bodies were submerged in oil

    Lawyer says girls' bodies were submerged in oil

    Friday, August 17 2018 9:16 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:16:06 GMT

    FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) - A lawyer for a Colorado man suspected in the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters says the daughters' bodies were submerged in crude oil for four days before they were found.  Defense attorney James Merson made the statement in a court motion Friday. The motion asks a judge to order that DNA samples be taken from the children's throats.

    >>

    FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) - A lawyer for a Colorado man suspected in the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters says the daughters' bodies were submerged in crude oil for four days before they were found.  Defense attorney James Merson made the statement in a court motion Friday. The motion asks a judge to order that DNA samples be taken from the children's throats.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Non-profit collecting funds for dog's life-saving surgery

    Non-profit collecting funds for dog's life-saving surgery

    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:38 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:38:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Sitting silently in the back corner of his kennel here at SCRAPS, a 2-year-old miniature pinscher mix who's blind in one eye, is desperately hoping for a second chance. Back in July, Alex was adopted by a family, but less than a month later, he was dropped back off with a potentially life-threatening injury. Alex fell from a  two-story balcony, likely due to perception issues, and shattered both his front legs in the process. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Sitting silently in the back corner of his kennel here at SCRAPS, a 2-year-old miniature pinscher mix who's blind in one eye, is desperately hoping for a second chance. Back in July, Alex was adopted by a family, but less than a month later, he was dropped back off with a potentially life-threatening injury. Alex fell from a  two-story balcony, likely due to perception issues, and shattered both his front legs in the process. 

    >>
  • Court documents offer disturbing details in Spokane infant's death

    Court documents offer disturbing details in Spokane infant's death

    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:34 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:34:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents are offering more details about a disturbing case of child abuse in Spokane. Investigators arrested 33-year-old Erik Sherman in the death of his baby Thursday. One doctor who witnessed the abuse told investigators in court documents it was "one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in 23 years of practice."

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents are offering more details about a disturbing case of child abuse in Spokane. Investigators arrested 33-year-old Erik Sherman in the death of his baby Thursday. One doctor who witnessed the abuse told investigators in court documents it was "one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in 23 years of practice."

    >>
  • 2 shot during South Florida high school football game

    2 shot during South Florida high school football game

    Saturday, August 18 2018 1:00 AM EDT2018-08-18 05:00:12 GMT

    WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) - A high school football stadium has been evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said two people were injured in the gunfire during the game at Palm Beach Central High School. The victims were not identified and their conditions were not known. Spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a group of students got into a fight during the game. 

    >>

    WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) - A high school football stadium has been evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said two people were injured in the gunfire during the game at Palm Beach Central High School. The victims were not identified and their conditions were not known. Spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a group of students got into a fight during the game. 

    >>