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I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer on March 9, 2005. I told myself that I would not let this disease get me and promised myself that I would fight it. I subsequently had a lumpectomy followed by a sentinel node biopsy. No lymph nodes were involved, and I was on my way to thirty-five days of radiation. I met wonderful friends while awaiting my treatment, and to this day, we are all still friends. I am on my way to March of 2010 when I will be cancer free for five years. I am now every active in the support of fighting breast cancer with the help of my family, friends and co-workers. My team, Christine and Her Breast Friends, have raised close to $20,000 in the last five years. I tell everyone that I now look at life differently and that I am now looking forward to celebrating the fifth year of my new life!

Christine Abatiello
Warwick, RI

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