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Cancer survivor overcomes the odds, advocates for breast cancer awareness

Posted at 7:49 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 21:13:11-04

It was a normal day for Ashli Brehm, getting dressed and starting her day.

"i was putting the sports bra on and getting everything situated and i felt a lump and it was a hard lump and it was big,’ she said.

Brehm says just the thought of having to get a mammogram was scary.

"The tech said we need to do another round of scans just on the side where the lump is and i broke down and started crying,” she said.

She says then hearing she had triple positive stage two breast cancer was devastating.

 "I thought that if i had breast cancer and i didn't know it and i was 33 there was no hope for me"

But she says shortly after her diagnosis she realized all hope was not lost.

"You don't have to wait to be cancer free to be a survivor."

Brehm was already a blogger but began writing about her journey with hopes to inspire others.

"I’ve always had faith, I've always had family and I've always had friends, so those didn't necessarily change they just became more prevalent."

Brehm says she wants woman to not only be aware but take action.

She added that breast cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence.

"It comes in the middle of the night and it takes people, it takes too many lives, but it hasn't taken my life, and it hasn't taken my spirit," she said, 

Brehm spoke at Omaha Women's Health & Wellness Conference and will participate in Susan G Komen's race for the cure.

"Those of us who get to thrive on do not get to be lazy and complacent, we have to spread some sort of goodwill and i'm still figuring out what that looks like for my life."

 Brehm said she waits for the day nobody has to learn, they might die from breast cancer.

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