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Mother of six says positive energy helped her overcome breast cancer

In the ongoing battle with breast cancer, women may have the most potent weapon already at their disposal: optimism. Trish Paliotta, a wife and mother of five, has worked to maintain a positive attitude throughout her battle with breast cancer.

Paliotta underwent chemotherapy and surgery after receiving her breast cancer news, but firmly believes that optimism was the driving force behind her recovery.

"She really never let it affect her, and one night it came up at dinner and she was almost laughing about it, saying, 'I just have to see a couple of more doctors and maybe have a little surgery, but I'll be fine,'" her eldest son, Michael, told the Chicago Tribune.

His mother's positive energy inspired Michael, who helped the United States defeat Sweden in the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 (under-18) Championship in 2011. Trish, in turn, believes that being able to watch her son's maturation process and ultimate victory helped her recover, the news source reports.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the country, and nearly 40,000 lose their lives to the disease. Now, Trish Paliotta joins the ranks of the approximate 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. 
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