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This ex-kinder­garten prin­ci­pal may be in her golden years, but she has the en­ergy and spirit of some­one much younger. When she was struck with breast can­cer in 2002, at age 61, the feisty woman stared it in the face by re­mov­ing her en­tire right breast. Kate has been can­cer-free since then and is now em­brac­ing life to the fullest. “Can­cer was my wake-up call. It made me re­alise that my health was more im­por­tant than money and pres­tige. So I quit my stress­ful job and have been smelling the roses, do­ing only things that I want to do. I have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for my own health – no one else can do that for me.

I came out stronger af­ter my close brush with death. Af­ter that, I wanted to share my ex­pe­ri­ence with other breast can­cer sur­vivors. I know what it is like to have your whole world col­lapse when you’re first di­ag­nosed, to feel lost and alone. I know the im­por­tance of hav­ing a good sup­port sys­tem when this hap­pens.

I want to bring back peo­ple’s smiles. When I meet de­pressed breast can­cer pa­tients and tell them that I’m a sur­vivor too, they of­ten say: ‘Wow, you look so healthy!’ Then they open up to me and tell me their prob­lems. There was this woman who used to cry each time I saw her. She’s sin­gle and felt that can­cer had ended her life. I went up to her and told her, ‘Hey, I’m a breast can­cer sur­vivor and like you, I’m sin­gle too!’ She now smiles a lot more.

When I am able to give them a ray of hope, I find it very re­ward­ing. To me, can­cer is not a death sen­tence. It’s a life sen­tence, as it helps you to push on with your life.”

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