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I was first diagnosed in 1987 and the last diagnosis was in 2004.  When it first happened, breast cancer was a dirty word and not mentioned very much.  In fact I was told to hide my diagnosis so I wouldn’t lose any work.  After all, I was a professional speaker on the road just about every week.

I decided to buck the trend and told my major client who said to take the time I needed for treatment and come back when I was ready.  I also recorded PSA’s (Public Service Announcements) saying how important it was to get a mammogram and they traced over 250 women back to that announcement who came in and got them.

Today it is no longer a hidden subject thank heavens, and there is more awareness than ever.  And that’s a good thing.  There is no doubt that early detection can save your life.  And there is also no doubt that once you’ve been diagnosed, that you will always be looking over your shoulder and wondering what your next checkup will bring.

Back in 1987 when I was going in for my radiation treatments, they nicknamed me “Little Miss Sunshine” because I was always smiling.  But to me—I was being treated and helped.  Then I would change into my workout clothes and head to the gym. I knew it was important for me to stay strong.

Today, people get their treatments and then go to work.  Philosophies have changed and there is more acceptance of what needs to be done.  Breast cancer champions are living productive and full lives, with breasts and without.

Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have made prophylactic surgeries acceptable and Christina Applegate, Cheryl Crow and Rita Wilson have been open about their treatment and choices.

Women are smart, tough, warm, energetic people who attack things head-on.  I applaud every one of you who are dealing with work, family and community issues as well as the emotional trauma of cancer treatment.

Keep being a role model for all those out there who need you.

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