LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It was about a week before Christmas in 2011 when Sue Abney's life changed forever.
"I heard the dreaded words - you have breast cancer. Even then I thought I can fight this," Abney recalled.
Abney hadn't had a mammogram in two years and even with a family history of cancer, losing her father and brothers to the disease, Abney said she hadn't given it much thought.
"None of us ever think we'll be diagnosed with cancer," Abney said. "We feel that it won't happen to us."
In the following year Abney went through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Through it all she said she wasn't alone.
"Our friends just opened up their arms and loved us through it," Abney recalled as she looked through a photo album of a recent vacation.
Now, cancer free for one year Abney is devoted to staying healthy. A registered dietitian, she spends her time preparing healthy meals full of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
"I do feel that I can prevent a recurrence or I can help reduce the risk of a recurrence," she said.
Abney is committed to living her life to the fullest. A life of thankfulness to all those who helped her beat breast cancer. With many years ahead this survivor said she's looking forward to the future.
"I want to grow old with my husband and I want to play with my grandchildren," Abney said with a smile.
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