(WLTX) - Every month News19 shares with you a story that we hope will remind you of the importance of performing your self breast exam.
We've been partnering with Palmetto Health for years to remind you that early detection is the key to saving lives.
One of the women who's battled the disease is Deidra Duncan. When we first introduced you to her almost 3 1/2 years ago, she said she was dead set on living, and nothing about that has changed.
"I can't wake up every morning and die I have to wake up every morning and live," she said.
Her survivor's story is more than just inspirational--it's informational.
"I was always vigilant," she says. "I found my own tumour and it still wasn't early enough."
For more than 36 months the disease has tried to take over her body. "It's probably easier to tell you where it hasn't been....thus far," she says.
The weight of cancer is made a little lighter by a support system that starts with her 3 year old daughter.
But for every tear, there are twice as many laughs, and a chance to celebrate with others who are beating the disease that has been her toughest competitor.
Her sense of humor as powerful in her treatment as her medication. "From day 1 I knew I couldn't go through this with a bad attitude," she says. "You have to laugh."
"I just want to make sure that I'm here to see my baby graduate,get married, become a grandmother all of the things a lot of people take for granted."
"I tell people exactly what it is to have cancer," she says. "It's not pretty sometimes you don't feel good, but then there's the next day."
For Deidra, that next day always comes with the renewed promise that her life is filled with people pushing her to live.
"I'm grateful for my doctor, nurses, friends, my husband... but he would get to emotional...[laughs}," she says.
"I know I am blessed, now if that's a miracle than I will take it."