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Bozeman Woman Celebrating Her "First Birthday" After Cancer

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ABC FOX Montana has been going pink during October in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Tuesday, Diane Pulfrey celebrated what she is her first birthday.

"My tumor was 5.8 cm," said Diane Pulfrey.  "It was very fast growing.  If I would've waited, there's a good chance I would be fighting for my life right now." 

October 22, 2011, Diane had her double mastectomy at the University of Washington after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Tuesday she celebrated her first birthday with a new set of breasts.

"I actually have my new real breasts," said Diane. "I like them a lot.  And you couldn't actually really tell that I had anything done."

Diane was going in for a routine mammogram annually, as her doctor recommended, but the test results never indicated she had cancer.  Last year though, she knew something wasn't right.

"I felt a lump that kept going up and down," said Diane. "I kept putting it off, thinking in the back of my mind, everything was fine.  I finally got the guts up and saw my gynecologist in September."

That was in the third week of September 2012.

"They quickly got me in for another mammogram and ultrasound, and it was the ultrasound that picked it up," said Diane. "They knew right then. It was cancer."

Diane knew right away she had to make a decision that could change her life forever.

"We decided to do a double mastectomy so I wouldn't have to worry about it in the future," said Diane. "So at that point reconstruction becomes critical too."

She said she is tired having different procedures done, but it could be a lot worse.

"It's not the end of the world," said Diane. "You will get your body back."

Right now, Diane's chance of the cancer returning in her body sits at 50 percent.

In five years, doctors said that number is expected to go down.

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