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Beth Bishop doesn't let 3 cancer diagnoses deter her

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Beth Bishop was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1994. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to treat it. Thirteen years later, she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in both breasts, had a bilateral mastectomy and underwent reconstructive surgery.

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After three bouts of cancer, Beth Bishop says "I find myself stronger. In faith, love, family, forgiveness, work and life in general."  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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After three bouts of cancer, Beth Bishop says "I find myself stronger. In faith, love, family, forgiveness, work and life in general."

A PET scan in February 2011 detected cancer in her lymph nodes. She again underwent chemotherapy, then had a second bilateral mastectomy followed by more radiation. She has tested positive for breast cancer susceptibility gene 2, which means she has a greater risk for developing other cancers, including ovarian cancer. She had both ovaries removed because of a mass on one of them.

“I have a strange, difficult, weird case,” she said.

ABOUT BETH BISHOP

AGE: 49

FAMILY: Husband Jeff; children, Tia and Daniel; daughter-in-law, Amanda; and grandson, Jackson Atterton

OCCUPATION: Senior occupational therapist at Georgia Health Sciences University Children’s Medical Center

HER ADVICE: “I tell people, ‘Don’t give up. Don’t worry about things until there’s something to worry about. Face things head-on. If you need to do something, do it for you. Don’t do it for other people. Be as active as you can in your own care. I think you need to be optimistic. I think you have to have a good outlook.’ Even though this is my third diagnosis, I’m still me. I’m pretty easygoing.”


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