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Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Journey

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Ellis-Balone stands with family and friends at the Breast Cancer walk. Ellis-Balone stands with family and friends at the Breast Cancer walk.

TRI-CITIES, WA- Two-time Breast Cancer survivor Geneva Ellis-Balone shared her story of survival and what she hopes for others.

Geneva Ellis-Balone is a two-time breast cancer survivor, but she can still remember her reaction when first finding out she had it.

"I was just totally, totally blown away," said Ellis-Balone.

After first being diagnosed in 2004, she took four rounds of intense chemo to fight off the cancer.  Then four years later she found another lump.

"So I rush to the doctor again and it was a little more aggressive this time," said Ellis-Balone.

She went through six long months of treatment and remembers just about every moment.  During her diagnoses, her children were still young, not even 10 years old yet, but it was a battle she had to fight.  Now it is 2015 and Ellis-Balone is an 8-year survivor.  She almost did not make it to Saturday's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

"When you go out and you try to solicit donations and you try to solicit people to be on your team and you explain to them and give them knowledge, sometimes your relive the diagnoses," said Ellis-Balone.

She made it through the event and she said it was worth it.  She wants people to know that just because they find out they have Breast Cancer, it does not mean it is the end of the world.

"Somebody cared enough and said, 'we're going to make a difference.' This doesn't have to be a death sentence," said Ellis-Balone.

Ellis-Balone also shared how important donating to research is.  She took a test to see if she had the Breast Cancer gene because she has two daughters.  It turned out she does not and thanks to more research being done, more people can find out early as well. 
 

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