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Newspaper profiles breast cancer survivor

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 207,000 American women every year, making it one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S, according to the National Cancer Institute. The road to recovery can be a long one, but one worth sticking to with energy and positivity, said one survivor from Illinois.

Niven Gray told the Hancock-Henderson Quill that her diagnosis in December of 2009 was almost more than she could bear. Upon getting the news from the Rochester, Minnesota, branch of the Mayo Clinic, Gray promptly broke down in tears at work, she recalled for the newspaper.

However, after a lumpectomy, a lymph nodectomy, chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy and an ovarectomy, the accountant and athlete said that she has been able to stay happy, primarily due to the support she received from family, friends and her community.

Gray also received a breast reconstruction to repair her pectoral tissue after so many surgeries.

The secret, she told the news source, is to find the good in a bad situation. "It is so important to have a positive attitude... You have to trick your brain. Don't dwell on the negative and be sure to take time and stop and smell the roses," she recommended.

SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast. National Cancer Institute. http://www.seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html Accessed June 9, 2011.

Galbraith S. Meet your neighbor. Hancock-Henderson Quill. 2011. http://www.quillnewspaper.com/thisweek/a0801a1.html Accessed June 9, 2011.

Extract: Niven Gray told the Hancock-Henderson Quill that her diagnosis in December of 2009 was almost more than she could bear.

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