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LAS VEGAS -- Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women. This weekend, hundreds will gather in Las Vegas to show their support by taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Many woman who battle the disease do it courageously. Janelle Wade, 40, did not have a family history of cancer. She was a healthy and vibrant mother and wife up until a diagnosis last year that changed her life.

Wade was on vacation in San Diego with her husband and 8-year-old son when she discovered something she never expected.

"I was in the hotel shower and I got this little bar of soap and that's when I felt it holding this tiny bar of soap. I knew it wasn't there a week ago," Wade said.

That bump turned out to be Stage 3 breast cancer. Wade has just undergone a normal breast exam four months earlier.

"I think the room must started spinning. I didn't hear anything and just went completely numb," she said.

She went through five rounds of chemotherapy, lost her hair, and her breasts in a double mastectomy. The surgery took place three days before her 10th wedding anniversary.

Wade says she has gained a new look on life.

"It sounds cliche, but it's almost a life sentence. You look at life a different way. I took a lot for granted, life and people, everything. Now you appreciate everything."

Wade says she stays positive with the help of her family and friends, many who took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last year. Now she hopes her story will also help raise awareness. She encourages others to be aware of their bodies and to see a doctor if something doesn't feel right.

"You may think of yourself as a hypochondriac when you do that, but you need to know what your body is telling you."

Wade keeps fighting the toughest battle of her life. Earlier this month, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast triple negative breast cancer, the most aggressive kind and very rare. This type of cancer affects about 15 percent of breast cancer patients and usually strikes women under the age of 40.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. For more information, click here. You can watch the race on Channel 8.

 

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