WATCH: NBC reporter shares personal battle with cancer

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(NBC News) – NBC’S Correspondent Kristen Dahlgren shared her own battle with breast cancer, and how one of her own reports helped her discover the signs many women might miss.

“So I wasn’t thinking about breast cancer at all. I had just had a mammogram that was negative,” explained Dahlgren, “And then a story I had done a few years ago really saved my life.”

“I thought it was just a routine assignment, a new breast cancer study,” she said. “I remember at the time thinking, this story is going to save lives. And I just had no idea that the life it would save would be mine.”

This summer, Dahlgren said she noticed a dent in her breast.

“It was more like a thickening. It just felt different than everywhere else. I thought back to that story, and I knew that I needed to see a doctor,” she said.

Within days, Dahlgren was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

“It’s like a kick in the gut,” she said. “I have a three-year-old, I have a lot to live for, and it’s definitely been the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.”

“I think without that story, I may have waited. And I can’t even think what would’ve happened if I had waited,” Dahlgren said.

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