Buddy Check 3: Cancer survivor celebrates milestone

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A breast cancer survivor who bravely shared her story with News 3 has another milestone to share: her wedding.

Hanna Keith first talked about her diagnosis with WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw last October at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Savannah.

Keith was diagnosed in June 2015 at age 29. The disease forced her to take a semester off from nursing school and devote her life to treatment.

“You can say ‘I’m gonna let this take over my life’ or you can say ‘I’m gonna stand strong; I’m gonna beat this,'” said Keith. “And you have to have a positive attitude about things and I think your positive attitude and your support system is really what gets you through these terrible times.”

Despite cancer, Keith is thankful her fiance Garrett Lewis stood by her in sickeness and in health even before he was her husband.

The couple was married last month and Keith’s dreams for her big day helped her cope with cancer.

She shared her hopes for their wedding day with Tyus-Shaw back in April.

“A celebration of he and I, but a celebration of life too – just because of all that we’ve been through it’s time to celebrate,” Keith said.

Keith said she’s doing well. She has a follow-up with her reconstructive surgeon once a month and she continues to see her oncologist. In December, she will graduate from Armstrong State University.

If you have breast health questions, call the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at 912-819-3360.

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