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Spirit of Survival participant has positive attitude

The Spirit of Survival event is coming soon and one woman will be there to walk her half a mile.

Vera Quick was doing a self-exam of her breasts one evening in 2011 and found a lump.

“I went to the doctor and he immediately sent me for an MRI,” Quick said. “After that came a biopsy. In November 2011 I found out that I had triple-negative breast cancer. I went through a double mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, chemo and radiation.”

The treatments continued for six years as she worked at Country Mart as assistant manager of the bakery and deli. In November 2017, she went for an MRI, which was part of her aftercare. The MRI revealed a spot on her lung, which she found out later was a part of the original breast cancer. It had metastasized in her lung.

“I had been having check ups every six months, and when they found the spot, it wasn’t very big,” she said. “I had lung surgery and chemo for six months and every three weeks, I am on infusions for the rest of my life. At the present time I am considered cancer-free.”

Two things have helped Quick to recover from both bouts of cancer: one is her support system of family and friends and the other is a positive outlook.

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