Now, her family wants to warn other young women to be vigilant about their own breast health.
Last year, Heather Zacek was on top of the world. The Indiana woman was married to her longtime love, Ryan Zacek, and had just given birth to their first child, Kilana.
Tina Black, Heather's mother, told BuzzFeed News that her daughter had met her husband when they were both 10, and the friendship had developed into love over the years.
After Kilana was born on Nov. 17, 2014, Zacek threw herself happily into family life.
« Heather was completely devoted to her husband and daughter, » Black said. « She wanted to only spend her free time with them. »
Zacek's cousin, Brittany Moss, told BuzzFeed News that she remembers Zacek as a fun-loving person.
« She was so much fun, every time I was around her she was always laughing and smiling, » she said.