Greensboro, NC -- October first is the first day of breast cancer awareness month.
According to breastcancer.org, one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
And of course, that woman isn't the only one affected. All cancers affect families, friends, co-workers, and our whole community.
Last year, WFMY News 2 stood together in the fight against cancer by inviting dozens of cancer survivors to our studio for a cancer special. They shared their stories, and words of support for others battling cancer.
We checked back in with one of those women, Shirley Davis McLellan, who has now been cancer free for 36 years. Even still, she said she still worries about it coming back. "Of course, every time when I get sick I sort of get a little bit scared. So you go to the doctor and you tell him and they said try not to think that you have cancer every time that you have something that hurts. But once you've had cancer, that comes in your mind, but as far as I know I'm absolutely clear of it."
Shirley also offered advice for anyone who thinks they might have a problem. If you feel like something's wrong, she said don't hesitate to see your doctor. She said we all know our bodies better than anyone else, so you shouldn't leave anything to chance.
Of course, she also said she's thankful to be alive and wants to give back. "I'm still here and it makes you wonder why sometimes why I was left. I've tried to do things for people that have problems and I've tried to share with them and talk to them that you just have to live the best way you can, and that's what I've done."
WFMY News 2