Lisa Smith, lead mammography technician at Salem Hospital in Oregon, said she wasn't surprised when she got breast cancer, the Statesman Journal reports.
"I always knew I was going to get breast cancer," Smith told the publication.
Smith said she discovered a sore spot on her chest but dismissed it, saying she would wait until her annual exam to have it checked. However, her co-workers urged her to have it checked out, and when she did - the diagnosis was breast cancer.
She underwent a mastectomy and her form of breast cancer didn't call for any radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Smith said she felt bad about this for many reasons.
"I started crying when I heard that," Smith told the source. "I felt guilty. All my patients had gone through it, and I felt like I needed to go through that, too."
A colleague and friend told her to pay it forward in her own way instead.
"Being in mammography was how I could pay back," she told the news outelt. "I felt like my place to be was there for patients, to let them know they would get through it."
More women continue to battle breast cancer. Cancer.org reports that more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease this year. Raising spirits and breast cancer awareness
can help those going through it.