Lauri-Anne Hammond's first bout with cancer was in 2002, when she faced liver cancer. Two years later, Hammond, then 46, had a mammogram on the advice of a nurse practitioner. The mammogram revealed a stage 1 tumor.
"I did not feel a lump, it was found only because of a schedule of regular screening. Left to my own devices, I would have, like many women, put it off until well after 50 just to avoid the uncomfortable-ness. I now have the gift of looking forward to reclaiming the title of survivor, and living a long, normal, happy life.
This year, Hammond's doctors found yet another breast cancer, for which she is now receiving treatment.
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. (Courtesy Lauri Anne Hammond)