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Breast cancer survivor talks about her struggle

A Canadian woman who survived a harrowing battle with breast cancer is now opening up about her ordeal, the Caledon Citizen newspaper reports.

Crocetta Sikorski was first diagnosed with the disease when she was 32 years old. It was 19 years later that she discovered the illness had returned, this time with a vengeance.

"It had gone to my liver and then progressed to my bones, but I beat it. I have been cancer-free for three years," she told the news outlet.

Sikorski was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, a disease developed by 30 percent of Canadian women who had an early stage of the illness at some point during their lives.

While the experience was a difficult one, the courageous woman explains that her ordeal has given her strength.

"I will never be the same person I was 19 years ago, but at the same time, that's good because I don't sweat the small stuff," she told the news source. "You need to walk through the fire first to understand that."

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there have been more than 23,000 reported cases of breast cancer in the country this year alone.
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