(KFVS) - The diagnosis of breast cancer can be scary and shocking, but one woman is providing a little hope for those recently diagnosed.
Now she's been free of breast cancer for more than 20 years.
"I was 40 and I thought I was invincible, but it can hit you at any age," said Dianne Meyr.
Meyr was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, the year of the great flood, and a flood of emotions for her.
She had just turned 40 when she was diagnosed.
She had surgery, chemo and radiation.
"I finished on December 24th with all my treatment, so I always said it was the best Christmas present I ever had," said Meyr.
She celebrated cancer free anniversaries with events like this Susan G Komen walk.
"I've had 21 years now that I've been clear," said Meyr. "It was just such a relief, and every year that I was cancer free it kind of was a breath of relief again because you know every year when you have your mammogram you kind of get a little bit nervous….you wonder what they're going to find, and so far I've been very fortunate."
She said campaigns like our Pink Up stories are a great way to remind women to get their mammograms and catch breast cancer in an early stage.
Meyr said she loves sharing breast cancer journey stories with other survivors.
"It's always good to talk to other women and you know kind of encourage them," said Meyr.
Encourage them to stay strong, so they too can be cancer free for more than 20 years.
"I feel very fortunate that it has never returned for me," said Meyr.
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