Lufkin breast cancer survivor shares her story of survival

Lufkin breast cancer survivor shares her story of survival

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Every year 12 thousand women in Texas are diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Breast Cancer it does not run in my family, and I was surprised," Diane Dunbar, Breast Cancer survivor said. "I didn't think it would happen to me."

While on the road to Austin on a business trip 57-year-old Diane Dunbar found something on her body that would change her life forever.

"I discovered the lump Mid-May of 2014. Very devastating, it was tuff," Dunbar said fighting back tears.

She had breast cancer, news that no woman is prepared to hear.

"Everyone was shocked, we weren't expecting it," Dunbar said. My mom was very ill at that time also but, I'm a fighter and I was not going to let it get to me."

She didn't, Dunbar went through 20 rounds of radiation treatment, four rounds of Chemotherapy and had a lumpectomy in June of 2014. Her fighting spirit kept her going.

"Believe it or not I'm one of the fortunate ones I did not get sick," Dunbar said. I travel in my job so I would get my treatment on Tuesday and then go to the lab work on Wednesday. I would load my van and travel out of town."

Dunbar admits that the treatments took a toll on her body. 

"The hardest part was losing my hair, Dunbar said holding back tears. I had long hair, I loved my hair."

When she spoke at the American Cancer society earlier this month, she opened up about her journey.

"Last year this wig was on my head, this year I have my hair, Dunbar said during her speech at the American Cancer Society meeting in Lufkin.

Through all the treatments and several doctor visits she managed to find strength. Dunbar said her religious faith and all the work The American Cancer Society has done over the years helped.

"My family, friends and faith in the good lord, Dunbar said whipping her tears. "One of the reasons I feel like I'm still here is because of the research the American Cancer society has done."

She said it wasn't easy to accept.

"I thought I could handle it by myself. Looking back, I had my friends and family saying let me help you, and I was saying no I'm fine, Dunbar said. "I wish I had accepted their offers."

Dunbar now encourages other to stay strong.

"I want people to know that yes it's not something that you want to have happen to you but you can beat it, you can beat cancer, she said.

Since being cancer free Dunbar said she has a new outlook on life.

"I feel like I have another birthday, Dunbar said as she laughed. "December 19, I have a new birthday. I feel like I'm back to normal and I can go back to my daily routine."

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