The story of a survivor is one filled with determination, inspiration and hope. Three local breast cancer survivors shared their stories to encourage others to get involved with the quest for a cure.
Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. As a young survivor Michelle is a voice for early diagnosis. She will be celebrating nine years as a survivor at this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on May 10th. Michelle recently sat down with KARE 11's Diana Pierce to share her experience as a survivor and her hope for a cure.
In February of this year, Denise celebrated a huge milestone -her 20th year as a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed within a couple of weeks before her 34th birthday and only 11 months after her mother died of this disease, Denise was suddenly forced to confront real fears of whether she would be around to raise her two children, ages 4 and 6 at the time. Denise discovered the lump in her breast at an early stage through a breast self-exam and she believes this saved her life.
A two time breast cancer survivor, Nancy is so grateful to the advances that have been made in diagnostics and research over the past decades. Nancy is constantly inspired by those who have faced down this disease and have become "thrivers" as well as survivors. Over the 17 years since her first diagnosis, Nanct has come across countless survivors who have absolutely refused to give in and have used their journey to give fuller meaning to their lives.
Join Michelle, Denise & Nancy along with thousands of breast cancer survivors at the 2009 Race for the Cure.
We'd love to hear your survivor stories, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to share them with us.
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