RENO, NV (KOLO) - A Reno Rodeo flag coach battled the biggest obstacle of her life.
Shannon Bohach's fight with cancer has been a roller coaster of emotions, but she says nothing made her feel better than when she was on top of her horse, being a part of the rodeo's 100th celebration.
"I started the fight on pink night and tonight we are going to celebrate because we are ending the fight."
Bohach's life was turned upside down a year ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but being a part of one of the largest rodeos in the country didn't give her time to be sad.
"I just kept rolling, kept busy, the rodeo family kept me well wishes, love, and we just kept rolling through the week and as soon it was over i started my first chemotherapy.”
Bohach faced 16 weeks of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation, and 2 surgeries, but with an incredible support system it made the battle easier.
"To be carrying the flag in pink in honor of breast cancer for all those that have passed, those that have survived, and those that are starting to fight, is a huge honor."
Being a mother, Bohach says, is a situation that has an effect on the entire family, but she uses it to show her kids that no challenge is too big when you have family by your side.
"Don’t let cancer get the best of you, just keep moving there is an end, stay positive."
Bohach says she hopes to encourage other women who are battling cancer by showing them that they too can have their victory lap. She is grateful to ring that cancer-free bell in Reno, with loved ones all around.
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