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October 8, 2013

Carol Northup Stutzman: Celebrating her birthday today

SIGOURNEY — Eighteen years ago was a busy time for Carol Northup Stutzman. She was running through life with two young boys and had family and friends that would do anything for her.

One day, she noticed a small lump on her breast that had never been there before, but she didn’t think too much about it. Since she didn’t have any sisters or history of breast cancer in her family, she wasn’t all that concerned about the possibility of the little lump being life threatening.

She decided to see a doctor, merely just to be completely sure. The doctor performed a mammogram, and that was when she started to feel a little irked. She knew that she should have felt more comfortable in the doctor’s office that day and knew she had to get a second opinion.

“I walked out of his office feeling very numb and sick,” Stutzman said.

After switching doctors, she decided to undergo a biopsy to further understand what was happening with her body. Her experience with the second doctor was much better, and she left his office with a much brighter attitude than the one before.

A few days passed, and on her lunch break from work, she decided to give the doctor a call to see if the results had come in. That’s when she got the terrible news that would change her life forever. That little lump was cancer.

She didn’t go back to work that day and knew she wouldn’t be back in for quite a while. The thought of losing control of her life while she had 3-year-old and 8-year-old sons was a lot to think about, but she developed a thinking that helped get her through the hardest time of her life.

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