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Henrico mom who beat breast cancer shares emotional survival story

Posted at 8:53 PM, Nov 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 20:59:49-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Cheer mom Shirelle Scott is at just about every game. She cheers on her daughter and the entire Henrico High School cheerleading Squad. This time last year, the girls were her biggest cheerleaders.

"While I was going through my treatments, they spent time with me and cared for me,” Scott said.

In January 2015 while at work, Shirelle noticed something didn't feel right.

"I have a bad habit of rubbing my chest just because and I found a small lump," Scott said. "Not thinking it would be breast cancer because it was actually not on the breast area. It was more on my chest."

At her appointment, the doctor also felt the lump.

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Scott would have an ultrasound, mammogram, and biopsy all in one day.

Two days later, she would hear those words: Breast Cancer. Stage 1 and aggressive.

"The first thing I asked the doctor, ‘Was I going to die? I would do anything to survive.'"

The fight would be tough for the mother of three.

The excruciating pain, weakness, and hair loss from six rounds of chemo and 33 rounds of radiation. The third round was almost her breaking point.

"I called my doctor said I can’t do it anymore. My son came in there and grabbed me and told me to let it out. I hollered out ‘Lord, if it's your will let it be done and I made it through." Scott said.

In May, Shirelle was told the cancer was gone.

Last month, the Henrico High cheerleaders honored their survivor - and it was a secret.

"It was hard. I wanted to tell her so bad," Kiara Scott, Shirelle’s daughter, said.

A video shows how the surprise unfolds at a cheerleading expo at Highland Springs High School.

Shirelle watched from the bleachers as the cheerleaders performed on the court.

"The routine went on and I'm still sitting there saying ok, I like this. This is different,” Scott said.

Then, the cheerleading coach gave Shirelle pink roses and brought her down to the court.

"They were cheering all around me, when they opened up the floor. I looked down and saw my daughter,” Scott said.

Kiara was holding a sash with the words "Our Survivor."

"Once she hugged me, I said ‘Ahh, here are are the tears,'" Kiara said.

For Shirelle, the moment summed up her 16-month battle.

"I am a survivor. I am a breast cancer survivor,” she said.