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New Augusta resident hopes her story of surviving breast cancer gives others hope.

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NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) -

What if you knew, that in a matter of four days, you were going to have a life altering experience, but you didn't know if it would be for better or worse? What do you do? A New Augusta resident had to face this scenario in 2010.

"I felt fine. I had no idea that anything was wrong," said Pennie Boykin.

In 2010, Boykin went to her doctor for her yearly mammogram. She says things started off routinely until she notice her nurse taking extra scans.

"She called me back in and said they needed to look at it again. I needed to have an ultra sound, well, then I got to feeling really uneasy," said Boykin.

Boykin recalls the single ultrasound leading to multiple biopsies, then the wait.

"{My doctor} said we will try to have the results back on Friday. Well, Friday, you know, we didn't get them back quick enough so I had all weekend to wait,' said Boykin.

She remembers her mind reeling that weekend, and coming to a final realization on a Sunday at her church.

"Somebody got up and sang a special. I think called ‘Bring the Rain', and then when the pastor did the sermon. He preached directly to me about faith and keeping your faith in times of trouble. We left the church, and I looked at my husband and I said, ‘I have breast cancer'," said Boykin.

Call it whatever you'd like, God speaking to her, intuition, a premonition or just a case of negative thinking, but whatever it was, Boykin was right. Monday morning, while she was at work she got the call.

"I was sitting at my desk and I answered the phone. The nurse said, 'Pennie, I'm sorry to tell you but it came back positive, you have breast cancer'," said Boykin.

She says even though she knew what the results were, it was still the hardest thing to hear. Boykin felt like she had been given a death sentence.  She says she had a total of 11 cancer spots in her right breast.

"I was actually diagnosed with two different types of breast cancer I had, invasive lobular carcinoma, and also invasive ductal carcinoma," said Boykin.

She decided to have a bilateral mastectomy in November of 2010. Her doctor informed her that her cancer was estrogen fed, so a mastectomy wasn't enough, Boykin had to have a hysterectomy six weeks later. Now, three years later, Boykin is cancer free with a message.

"I want to tell everybody please don't forget to have your mammorgram, that can make the difference between life and death for a lady, or anybody," said Boykin.