Pam didn't waste any time after she received her diagnosis. She had a double mastectomy, and has finally finished four months of chemo. She just started radiation. She's in the middle of a tough battle, and she's keeping her head up, and that's why she's Ellen's Survivor of the Week.

When were you diagnosed?
2/8/12

Are you cancer-free? If so, for how long?
6 months

What tips do you have to help other breast cancer survivors stay positive?
Enjoy your life, appreciate the people around you.

What has someone done to make you feel better?
My friends from work pay my deductible, neighbors and friends provided meals when I was recovery from the mastectomy.

What advice would you give someone who is about to go through treatment?
It is your life, do research, get informed, understand the treatment and prepare your family and yourself for it.

What was the scariest moment?
The first chemo, I had a bad reaction to everything they gave me and I had to be admitted into the hospital. This made me so scared every single time I got chemo, but the immediate side effects got to be less every time.

What was the funniest moment?
When my 9 yr old asked if I had gotten my fake breast.

How has breast cancer made you stronger?
My favorite thing is to do different activities with my kids, camping, biking, swimming, etc. I refuse to let cancer take that away from me.

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Christy Hull
199 days ago

Keep your spirits up. I finished with radiation in July. I found that radiation was harder on me than chemo but you can do this!!!!! Your hair will grow back like crazy. Just a little bit longer and you will be done.!!!!! God Bless

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rosekrajacic@hotmail.com
536 days ago

Hi Pam, your in my thoughts and prayers....
From a 9 year breast cancer survivor.One day at a time.
1 billion purple balloons for you.

Rose K.

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Liz Siordia
538 days ago

What an inspirational story.
You are a grea role model to your children and yo many people in this world

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kristine kuenzi
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