How One Texas Mom's Breast Cancer Video Became an Internet Sensation
Holley Kitchen, 42, has stage IV metastatic breast cancer and created this video to educate others about the disease
One woman is raising awareness about cancer without saying a word.
Holley Kitchen, 42, from Cedar Park, Texas, recently posted a Facebook video in which she revealed she has stage IV metastatic breast cancer by holding up a series of flashcards.
In her touching video, which now has over 42 million views, Kitchen explains that at age 39 she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer.
After a year of treatment and a double mastectomy, she thought her battle was over.
“I thought no boobs, equaled no cancer,” she writes.
But she soon learned the cancer had returned to her spine and bones.
“I didn’t know my risk for reoccurrence or what metastatic disease even meant,” Kitchen tells PEOPLE.
“I didn’t want someone feeling like I did upon reoccurrence,” she says. “You get a cancer diagnosis and then you get a re-diagnosis and it’s a punch in the gut.”
So, on a Thursday night right before dinner, Kitchen, a mother to two boys ages 4 and 6, grabbed her iPhone and made a video on her bedroom floor.
“I had a few moments to myself while my husband was playing a game with the kids,” says Kitchen, who paired her message with Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”
After four takes she posted it online, and the rest is history.
“I was hoping to just get 1,000 views!” says Kitchen.
“My main goal is to educate people,” says Kitchen, who in her video urges viewers to go to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network’s website to learn about the disease, which has no cure and kills 40,000 people a year.
Kitchen says her main focus now is on her quality of life.
While there is no cure for her cancer, she is taking a new chemo pill, and although she says she is tired, the good news is she is stable.
“Overall, I’m feeling good,” says Kitchen.