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Pink Up Special Report: Pine Belt resident fights and defeats breast cancer

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On April 11, 2006, Kerrie Barron was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"My first thought was I'm going to die," said Kerrie.

It was a day Kerrie will never forget, especially since it was also she and her husband Tim Barron's 25th Anniversary.

"He was in the parking lot waiting on me and we both fell apart in the parking lot," said Kerrie.

Kerrie immediately began her breast cancer treatment after that.

"I had the bilateral mastectomy that month, then the process of reconstruction took the entire summer," said Kerrie.  

After years of treatment and medication, on December 2011, Kerrie received good news.  

"I remember Dr. Willis saying ok you've reached the five years, now i don't need you to come in but once a year for the rest of your life, so that's kind of a victory point that you've made the five years."

After years of treatment and medication, today, Karrie is a breast cancer survivor.

"Before breast cancer I don't know that I had really had a major trial in my life," said Kerrie. "It made me stronger, it made our marriage stronger, but it definitely made my faith stronger. My relationship with God is, it took it to a whole new level." 

Kerrie says annual checkup's saved her life. 

"I know women hear this and I was one of the women who heard it prior to being diagnosed with cancer and said it's not going to happen to me," said Kerrie. "You don't think it's going to happen to you. Cancer does not discriminate. Just get your checkups, check yourself, self breast exams.

Kerrie not only stresses the importance of early detection, but she also encourages those facing breast cancer to find a support group and focus on the things you can control.

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