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Survivor becomes advocate for breast cancer

Laurie Cook found out that she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 57, and she felt as if her life completely shifted. She survived the disease and is now focusing on being an advocate part in countless organizations in her New York town, according to the Messenger Post.

Cook's first walk set the tone for being a survivor, as she was overwhelmed by emotions. She continues to participate in walks across the country including Washington D.C., Minnesota and Chicago.

"It's so emotional," Cook told the news source. "It's a real eye-opener. You hear the stories of someone who had a friend or family member who has breast cancer. I'm so touched by those number of people who come out. It's important to me because I've had breast cancer. But all those people come out for all kinds of reasons."

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she should schedule annual mammograms. Those who have an extensive history of the disease may want to make these appointments earlier, as it has been known to be a risk factor for breast cancer. This way, physicians can catch the disease during its beginning stages.
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