Missie Fields, an employee at Align Networks, was listening to Jeannie Blaylock urge her fellow employees to do Buddy Check 12. Turns out Fields knows very well why Buddy Check is important. It saved her mom's life.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Missie Fields didn't say a word for about 20 minutes or so. She and her fellow employees at Align Networks were listening to a Buddy Check 12 presentation.

Then, all of the sudden, Fields knew it was time to share her thoughts.

And they are important. Very important.

She says about Buddy Check, "Do it so you can have your mom around a lot longer."

Fields explains that her mom, Karla Majors, did a self exam and found a hard lump. She "pushed and pushed" her mom to act and her mother did.

It turned out, they say, to be stage 1 breast cancer. It was early, but it was an aggressive form.

Fields says she can't imagine life without her mom. Every time the grandchildren do anything, she wants to call her mom and share the news. Fields chokes up when she talks about calling and her mom wouldn't be on the other end.

She can't imagine.

So the message is remind everyone you love to do a self exam and get that mammogram.

Majors says she was in the shower when she found her lump. It was hard like a marble. And it did not hurt.If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit, just call Baptist Health at 904-202-CARE. The kits contain info and a shower card showing how to do a self exam. The kits are mailed anywhere at no charge.

If Buddy Check 12 has helped you, please let Jeannie Blaylock know. jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com

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