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02/28/08- Longview

East Texas Breast Cancer Survivor Celebrates Leap Year Birthday

For Susan Humble of Longview, and her 18-year-old son Spencer Dellinger, enjoying sunny days outside  hasn't always been possible. "I found out I had breast cancer and I really struggled to even tell my kids because we were just getting over my sister's death," said Humble. 

Susan's sister, Julie died of breast cancer in 1999. At the time of her sister's death, Susan was devastated. What was more challenging was telling her kids, she too had cancer.  "My grandmother would take my Mom to chemotherapy. I  remember me my sister would be at our next door neighbors and I would just see my mom trying to get out the car coming from chemo. She could barely stand up. It hurt me a lot -just seeing my Mom like that.  I love her to death. I don't know what I'd do without her," said Susan's son Spencer. 

An avid Relay For Life supporter, with countless medals to show for it, Susan refuses to let cancer get her down. "I chose to look at myself as a warrior. Everyday when I wake up I say, "I'm going to beat you, I know you're in my body but I'm going to beat you," said Humble. 

I've never heard my Mom talk negative. She always talks about God and just always keeps motivated. I love her to death no doubt," said Dellinger. 

"This leap year is really special because I'm 12. I'll never be older than my kids which is a good thing," said Humble, as she smiles looking at her son. And like her leap year birthday she celebrated with her son years ago when they turned ten this birthday will truly be an humbling one.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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