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Michele Hawkins's Story

It's All In The Attitude

I AM a Survivor. I never thought it would be me. What didn't show up 3 months earlier on my annual mammogram, I found myself. I was fortunate. I caught mine early. It was still stage 1, however, it was already grade 3; which meant it was a very angry, very mean, very aggressive cancer. Was I frightened? Not nearly as much as I was angry! For me it was all in the ATTITUDE, and still is. Give me a reason, ANY reason to wear one of my pink wigs! I am stubborn and I am strong. Cancer was not going to take that away from me.

My motto was “I’ll take this bull by the horns. Yes, it might throw me around a bit and knock me to the floor every once in a while, BUT, after everything is all said and done, I WILL BE THE ONE LEFT STANDING!" I walk for all those who went before me. For all those who participated in trials so that I had better treatment options. I walk for all those yet to follow. I walk to support all those who are unable to physically participate in the event themselves. I walk for the mom who's lost two young daughters to breast cancer. To show my empathy and compassion for all those who have lost a loved one to this disease. I walk for the women who have lost everything in the process of going through treatment. For the common bond that all survivors share. I walk because it's fun!!! I make it fun for myself and hopefully for others! I walk because I'm celebrating LIFE!!!!! I'm celebrating another year!!



More Stories of Hope

Every person who walks in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event has a reason for walking - and every person touched by cancer has a story to tell. These stories remind us that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is more than a walk. It describes the progress we're making together to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Below are personal stories we hope will inspire you to join us in making strides to end breast cancer!



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