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It was the summer of 2006; the doctor came into the examining room where I had been laughng and joking with my best friend. When he came into the room I could tell by the look on his face that the news was not what I wanted to hear. "You have a cancer, but we can do a partial masectomy", remove the infected lymph nodes." and with proper therapy, etc. etc. etc.

Long story short now: September, 2006 I had the prescribed surgery, followed by chemo and then radiation. It was not a fun winter, but I knew I would be OK. My hair fell out, so I bought a hat to keep my pate warm. Never once did I question "Why Me?" "Why Not Me?", was the response. All women and girls in the world are susceptible and 6 degrees of separation from breast cancer (or some other form of cancer). That was three years ago; I am clean and cancer-free, and determined to stay healthy.

Cancer can be beaten.... I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where sophisticated research is ongoing in two major, world class, hospitals. Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital have been successful in their stem cell research. They are world-recognized. I am optimistic when I say it is just a matter of time before they are successful in their quest for a cancer cure. I can say, I was there when it happened, so I guess I aughta know...I am optimistic it will be in my lifetime.

Take heart, cancer survivors; we will survive... We are Women, Hear Us Roar!

Toronto, ON, Canada

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