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Nearly 14 years ago, Jean Haspeslaugh completed a self-examination, and immediately knew that something wasn't right..

"I found a lump and went to the doctor. I was diagnosed in 2000 with breast cancer with bone metastases," she says.

For the last 14 years, she has undergone some form of chemotherapy, and while it has taken its toll physically, her faith has never wavered.

"I'm here for a reason and I figure, I'm going to keep on keeping on as long as I can.  Prayer and prayer of friends of relatives and assorted people have made the world of difference.

 She says it's the fear of the unknown that makes this whole ordeal so difficult, but early detection and save your life.

"If you catch breast cancer early, it's a problem. If you wait too long, you've got other things to deal with. 

Despite all of her circumstances, she still considers herself as a survivor. 

"I consider myself a survivor and a victim of cancer," she says.  There are so many things that can go funny that I think we just have to take it one step at a time and I think we need to do that when we're living with any type of potentially terminal disease.

Haspeslaugh has an important message for anyone who may be facing this same journey.   "Don't hide in the bedroom with a pillow over your head seek someone to talk to.  There are a lot of folks who know what you've been through and are willing to share. I can't worry what's going to happen in six months, I just make myself sick as a dog if I do I have to worry about what I'm going to do tomorrow"

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