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Breast cancer turns woman into a fighter

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Deanna Arellano is not shy about the diagnosis that changed her life.

“When the doctor first told me that I had breast cancer the very first thing I thought was I was going to die,” Arellano said. “I’m just being honest. I thought it was the end because I wasn’t really educated in what breast cancer is or what it does.”

Invasive ductal carcinoma — the most common breast cancer at around 80 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses — was in stage III and had already spread to Arellano’s lymph nodes.

For some, the diagnosis that Arellano, a 36-year-old general manager of a Hooters restaurant in Bakersfield, received March 14 could have been a sign for her or her family to quit...


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