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'My doctor called and I remember her saying are you sitting down'

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

East Texas is going pink for the month of October.

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a month long campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

One East Texas woman shares her story about her journey.

"Back in September of 2009 I felt a twinge under my arm and I felt under there and sure enough it ended up being a knot," says Brenda Williams, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

A knot that Williams found out was stage three breast cancer soon after.

"My doctor called and I remember her saying are you sitting down, but she said it's bad it's stage three and its fast moving," says Williams.

Both Williams' mother and aunt were diagnosed with breast cancer. She has gotten a mammogram every year since age 40.

Something she has seen help others first hand.

"I've been in the medical management field for a longtime so I have seen over the years that the mammogram are what is needed for people to catch stuff early. You might not be experiencing any symptoms, but you might actually have cancer that you have to deal with. If you don't have your screening mammograms you might not know until it's too late," says Williams.

Williams encourages all women to get your mammogram screenings early.

Williams says she's even heard of some women get screened as early as 35 if there is a history of breast cancer in their family.

Williams is currently on medication and will be for the next five years. She says she visits the doctor once every six months and hopes her recovery will keep going well.

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