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Mt. Vernon woman shares her victory over breast cancer in honor of awareness month

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MT. VERNON -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and folks in Jefferson County today honored those who battled the disease. Dozens met Tuesday afternoon for a walk around the courthouse.

Probation Officer Kelly Taylor walked around the Jefferson County courthouse to remember those who have battled and are still fighting breast cancer.

"We're honoring everybody. Anyone that's been affected by this," says Taylor. 

Dozens joined Taylor dressed in pink in support of the fight. Each step, reminding her of her own journey. In 2006, while breastfeeding her 8-month old son, Taylor noticed a lump in her right breast. At the time she never imagined it was cancer and continued to see doctors about the cyst.

"On August 3, that's when I was diagnosed," added Taylor, who was 32-years-old when doctors told her she had breast cancer.

"The only people I knew that had breast cancer had not survived so, I mean, immediately I just thought I was going to die," says Taylor. Eventually, she made the decision to have a double mastectomy.

"I did that because I just felt like I had a one year old child at that time and I just needed to be there for him and that's what I wanted to do," says Taylor. 

Afterwards she spent about a year and a half in treatment. She now shares her story with many women today to inspire hope.

"It's defiantly something that nobody wants to hear but you can beat it."  She also encourages others to have regular checkups and mammograms.

"If you feel like something is wrong, that you have to go with your gut feeling. Keep pursuing it," adds Taylor. 

Taylor says support from friends, family and her church kept her strong. But believes her faith kept her alive and now she walks to bring awareness to all types of cancer. She has now as two children and goes in for a check up every 6 months.

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