Buddy Check 25: Beating the odds of surviving late stage breast

Buddy Check 25: Beating the odds of surviving late stage breast cancer

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with late stage disease is just 25 percent.

Emily Cramer is beating those odds.

Diagnosed more than seven years ago when she was only 28, Emily didn't know if she would make it to her 30th birthday.

Her cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver.

Since then, she's fought hard through chemo, surgery and radiation. Her cancer is treatable, but not curable.

“One day at a time and one foot in front of the other. I think people get overwhelmed with the diagnosis at first,” said Cramer. “But, as you go through it, it really, you don't have a choice. So, it's either lay down and die or give it the fight.”

Emily is definitely fighting... And living life to the fullest.

She's a newlywed and credits her husband and family for their support. She says it's important to make plans even if you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

Her advice, be pro-active about your health, do a monthly self-exam and get screened.  

Don't forget to do your breast self-exam and remind a friend to do the same.

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