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First Person: ‘There’s Life After Breast Cancer’

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Last summer Sheri Hendrix, 41, of San Diego decided it was time to get a mammogram.

"The reason I went was because at work, two of the ladies in my department passed away back to back in the same week," said Hendrix. "I just started thinking 'when's the last time I've been to the doctor?' you know I have all this insurance, I need to go."

Photo caption: Sheri Hendrix of San Diego, with daughter Zariah Hendrix.

Sheri Hendrix of San Diego, with daughter Zariah Hendrix.

The American Cancer Society’s guidelines say women with average risk should get a mammogram starting at age 45. But Hendrix said she felt she couldn't wait.

Her grandmother and great grandmother had breast cancer. But because her mother didn’t have it, her doctor told her it wasn’t considered hereditary and she could put off the exam.

Hendrix decided to get a mammogram anyway – and found out she had stage 3 breast cancer.

As part of our First Person series, Hendrix shares the struggles and growth she's experienced since being diagnosed.

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