Diane Jackson's life took an unexpected turn ten years ago.
Diane Jackson says "I'm like okay, what do I do thinking more about my children, what's going on."
Diane was giving herself a routine self breast exam when she noticed something that just didn't feel right.
Diane Jackson says "Everybody should just know themselves and at that point, I said something doesn't feel right."
It's a good thing Diane was proactive when it came to self breast exams, and it's even better that she followed her instincts. After a trip to the doctor's office, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Finding breast cancer early, when it's easiest to treat can definitely save lives. Research estimates that regular screenings along with mammograms have resulted in 30 percent fewer deaths.
That along with research is so important in the fight against breast, which is why Diane will be once again lacing up her shoes for the annual Susan G. Komen race.
Diane Jackson says "Raising money to continue to do research can help find a cure for breast cancer it's very important."
Hopefully finding a cure isn't too far off. In the meantime Komen officials say money raised has helped them learn valuable information, improve access to needed services, and expand their educational efforts. It appears to be working, statistics show deaths from breast cancer have gone down.
As for Diane, a ten year survivor,she's learned to appreciate life a lot more, and focus more on herself.
Diane Jackson says "It was just like a voice speaking to me, do you hear me, it's time to mellow out, and take care of yourself."
And that is exactly what she's doing.
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