Local woman talks about her battle with breast cancer

Local woman talks about her battle with breast cancer

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) - Colleen DeVito was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2010.  Now, her dermatologist says she's a "testament to modern medicine."

"I really thought I was given my death sentence in June of 2010, I had two very small children, two and five, I was just devastated with the news," Colleen said.

But she quickly, the same day she says, turned that thought process around, "My initial thought was game on, so whatever I need to do survive."

Colleen began an aggressive chemotherapy regiment, eventually underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  She changed her diet and began an exercise program that she continued through treatment.

That treatment ended a year ago, and now she's healthy.

"I still battle daily with the fear of re-occurrence but I just don't let it enter my mind that I'm not going to beat this."

Colleen has a full-time job, but she also spends a great deal of her time working with the Northeast Ohio Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

She credits Komen's fundraising efforts for the advances that led to her successful treatment and is the Survivor Ceremony Chair for the 2012 Cleveland Race for the Cure.

Her goal is Komen's goal, "Making sure women have more birthdays, more holidays with their kids their grand kids. I'm fully vested in helping find a cure."

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