'Why not me?' Woman glad for lessons learned during cancer battle


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Breast cancer has taught Cindy Galbraith of Seymour how to live out loud and reach out to others.

“It sounds funny to say, but I honestly feel that I was blessed,” she said. “It has changed my life.”

Galbraith, 60, was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma April 7, 2011. Instead of asking, “Why me?” she simply asked, “Why not me?”

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and I was no one special,” she said.

She lost both breasts and her hair; however, cancer didn’t take away her smile.

In her living room, there are two photo collages hanging on the wall. The pictures chronicle her fight against the disease, from being bald and wearing wigs to hospital stays and walking as a cancer survivor in the annual Jackson County Relay for Life this year.

Although every woman’s story and experiences with breast cancer are unique, Galbraith doesn’t think there are many quite like hers. It starts two years before finding out she had cancer.

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