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10/4/04-Noonday

Breast Cancer Survivor Marla Stimson

Marla Stimson cherishes each moment she has to play with her granddaughter. Two years ago she wasn't even sure she'd get to watch her grow up.

"I could be dead and she may no even remember me," she said.

Marla was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer in July 2002.

"It was very difficult. The diagnoses of cancer is something you never expect. It takes the fear of death from way out here somewhere to right up here in front of you face," said Marla.

The breast cancer was found during a routine mammogram. She had an immediate lumpectomy and started 8 months of chemo, which took her hair.

"It was very difficult because my hair has been down to my waist since I was 20 years old. When I first discovered it was falling out, my daughter trimmed it to shoulder length and that lasted a week. Then it started coming out in bunches," she explains.

After her chemo and 35 rounds of radiation, Marla started getting better. Her hair began to grow back and she started getting back to life, riding her Harley and cherishing every day with her granddaughter. She still has a 4 in 5 chance of her cancer coming back, but by taking care of herself and always getting check ups she's still beating the disease.

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