2008 survivor profile: Deborah McCrann
"I was 44 years old, and I was determined to see my son grow into a man. I felt that I did not have time for any setbacks."
Celebrating a decade cancer-free, McCrann says that the support of other women with breast cancer was crucial in her recovery.
"It was comforting to know others who had battled it," she says. "The fear of the unknown is what's so scary. Often what we experience is not as bad as imagined."
In addition to the support of her family and other survivors, McCrann credits yoga, meditation and work (she's now retired) as helpful coping mechanisms.
"Breast cancer has changed my life in a good way. I now appreciate every moment and take nothing for granted." That's a lesson McCrann shares with everyone she meets.