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Breast cancer survivor talks about battling the disease twice in her life

One breast cancer diagnosis in a lifetime is shocking, but once a woman is told she has the disease again, she's bound to get angry.

That's what happened to Rose Mary Haverlack, who decided to take matters into her own hands after learning her breast cancer returned 15 years after her initial diagnosis, according to The Villages Daily Sun.

"Two times, that's it," she told the news outlet. "I don't go for three. I'm leaving the game with two."

Haverlack, who resides in The Villages, Florida, decided to undergo a radical mastectomy, which was followed by breast reconstruction.

Today, Haverlack tries to look at the bright side of her experience, such as having a tummy tuck during her surgery, and also never having to wear a bra again. A lifetime poet, she is also currently working on a memoir about her ordeal.

"I can talk my head off, but once it's on paper, it's real," Haverlack told the news outlet. "If nothing else, my life has been an adventure."

According to the American Cancer Society, there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today.
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