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"I was diagnosed in 2011 with ER/PR+ HER2- breast cancer, stage I...and again in 2013, same type only less than 1 cm and grade 3. Both times I had asked my sister to get a mammogram as she was at risk. She didn't because she was too afraid. In 2014, 9 months after our dad passed away, my sister was rushed to [the] hospital and diagnosed with metastatic spinal cord compression from an advanced breast cancer. It was all devastating and she almost died from respiratory failure.

"Three and a half months in the hospital and she can walk aided, but still needs a wheelchair, remains independent and strong, and we share our time together with lots of love and laughter. My sister's breast cancer was 4 cm, grade 2, but had progressed to lymph nodes in her arm and neck.

"All I can say is PLEASE get your mammograms!!!! Perhaps it may not have helped my sister, but then again, maybe it would have and we would be planning a long future ahead of us together. But, no one is guaranteed tomorrow, and we just have to do what we feel is best for us, and live life as if each day is a gift, because that is exactly what it is!!!"

-- bluepearl, shares a diagnosis with her sister

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