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Hoda Kotb On Life After Breast Cancer: I Owe My Job...To Cancer

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As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have a message for those women who are in the middle of their fight with the disease: I know you feel like you're in hell now, but your life is about to get a whole lot better.

It's something I hated hearing right after my surgery when just walking was unbearable, but it's true. Cancer survivors are blessed with two lives. There is your life before cancer, and your life after. I am here to tell you your second life is going to be so much better than the first.

I never thought that breast cancer would be part of my story. I have always been healthy - watching what I eat and working out every day - and there is no history of cancer in my family. But about a year and a half ago, my gynecologist discovered a lump in my breast during a routine checkup.

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