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Pregnant young woman diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Eight, zero, thirty and four: To most it sounds like random numbers. To Capri Grotowski of Boynton Beach, however, it tells her story.

“To be told, you have this life-threatening disease and being eight months pregnant at the time, I guess you just don't know what to think,” said Capri Grotowski.

With a zero family history and being just 30 years old, Capri's doctor didn't think a pea-sized lumped, Capri found one year prior, was cancer. “After that, we did more test and found out I was actually diagnosed with stage four breast cancer because it had metastasized to my sternum.”

Capri went in for an emergency C-section. Fortunatley, baby Kyah is just as healthy as her big brother, Cayd, but now she's recovering from a double mastectomy. “I went to three different surgeons, just to see their opinions and their thoughts, and everyone told me something different. At the end of the day, what I think is important, is just going with your gut.”

“We went through a list of all the things you can do to avoid breast cancer, and it's be in the sun, eat a healthy diet, exercise, a big long list. And Capri checked off every single box on the list of things to do,” said her husband, Steve Grotowski.

Steve Grotowski, Capri's husband who played in the most recent summer Olympics, says his wife is one of the most determined, toughest people he's ever met. “She really handled it really well. I thought she did fantastic, and I don't think I've ever loved her more than I do now.”

“If I were to give anyone advice, women, especially young women. Do yourself breast exams,” said Capri.

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