FRESNO COUNTY (KFSN) —
Andrea Andrade, 27, was recognized with stage three colon most cancers again in March of this yr.
Andrade was in Mexico with household when she turned sick and needed to be taken to the hospital. Docs recognized her with colon most cancers however her mother and father needed a second opinion. As soon as out of the hospital she got here again to the U.S. and she or he went the hospital the place they confirmed her stage three colon most cancers.
They gave her six months to 2 years to reside.
“I cried so much,” Andrade recalled. “My world got here tumbling down”.
Throughout this time Andrade came upon she might compete within the Miss California USA pageant. Nevertheless, since she had simply been recognized she put it on the again burner.
“I needed to put it again for a while however then round August, I used to be like, ‘you realize what, If they’re actually limiting my life to what it’s I need to obtain one in every of my goals and that is undoubtedly a type of’,” she stated.
Andrade defined being in a pageant was a lifelong dream. So with approval from her docs, she acquired the go-forward to work out. Nevertheless, it isn’t as intense.
“For medical functions, I can not eating regimen the best way they’re. They will be on the market wanting one hundred fifty% the place I am not in a position to try this. “
Andrade is aware of she won’t be as toned as the opposite contestants however that isn’t stopping her.
“Each single day is a wrestle it’s a must to reside it daily, and it is very exhausting,” she defined.
Andrade added it can even be arduous as a result of she is dropping her hair.
“I feel my largest wrestle with it’s that they’re going to be on the market with full hair, like their head full of lovely hair and I haven’t got that due to the chemo is scaling down my hair and it is giving me bald spots and that is horrible,” Andrade stated.
Andrade might be getting her eighth spherical of chemo proper earlier than the pageant. This can be a large milestone as a result of she is going to solely have 4 extra rounds of chemo left. Nevertheless, this additionally means she might be going by way of remedy whereas competing.
“That is attainable. I’ve to battle for my life each single day,” she stated. “On the finish of the day, I am simply going on the market wanting to only do it, even when I do not win the crown it is okay. A minimum of I can do it. It is a as soon as in a lifetime alternative. “
Whereas the chemo will make her weak, Andrade stated she is going to give it her all.
Andrade defined by sharing her story with different she has acquired a lot help and that helps her struggle.
“It is actually heartfelt for me as a result of it motivates me,” she defined. “It fuels me to proceed…