Portrait of Strength

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Breast cancer affects all of us. I guarantee it. I want you to stop and think for just a second... Who do you know who has been changed by this disease? Chances are you have a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend that has dealt with it firsthand. I know I do. Meet Rebecca O'Neal. This is my grandmother--my mother's mother. She was an incredible wife, mother, and grandmother, and she just so happened to be a breast cancer survivor. Mimaw (as I called her) was diagnosed in 1966. At the time, she had a 16-year-old son (my uncle) and a 4-year-old daughter (my mother). Can you imagine how scary that was?  As a mother, I cannot even fathom having a small child and dealing with breast cancer.  But she did it...and she beat it.

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