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“It was a wake up call for sure. There is no guarantee of another day,” said Dallas Stirling, a breast cancer survivor. She and her husband, Rod, now make time to travel and spend more time with their family.

Dallas Stirling is best known in the community as the Shelby High and Junior High School “mom,” secretary and one-woman information center. She is a petite woman who is seen daily on her walking route around town with her husband, Rod. What many might not realize is that she is also a breast cancer survivor.

“I am seven years cancer free! I’m looking forward to many more,” smiled Stirling. She was officially diagnosed in March of 2014 after finding a lump in her left breast while taking a shower. She didn’t waste any time and made an appointment with her doctor.

Stirling was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer with no tumors being found in her lymph nodes. Concerned about her daughter’s odds of also having cancer, Stirling also had a meeting with a genetic counselor who determined there was no evidence of the BRACA gene.

Early detection played a key part in Stirling’s victory over breast cancer. She emphasized that early detection is vital and that being pro-active in your health and wellness is very important.

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