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Update On Young Tulsa Breast Cancer Survivor

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Amanda King talking with LeAnne Taylor. Amanda King talking with LeAnne Taylor.
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Young women and breast cancer, those are words that don't belong in the same sentence. While rare, it does happen and it can change a life forever. It did for one young, Green Country woman.

I first met Amanda King this time last year as she worked as a dental hygienist. That's still her profession but her passion is fighting breast cancer.

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Now at 27, Amanda volunteers with the Tulsa affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

As a young breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy, she has a heart to help those newly diagnosed.

"I always knew there was a reason that this happened to me. I never let it be like why me, why is this happening to me. I never got angry about it. I knew there was just a bigger purpose and that God wouldn't have given this to me if he didn't want me to do something with it," said Amanda King.

"We always knew she was very strong and courageous and she definitely showed this when she went through this. It was never why did God do this to me, it was always there's a reason for this and I'm going to find it," said Aileen King, Amanda's mother.

Amanda is putting together packets filled with vital information along with other personal items to help the women feel special.

"When you're diagnosed, you don't know what to do. You have so many questions and having something there to pamper you and just give you some incentive to keep going," said Amanda King.

Amanda's not shy about sharing her story with others and she wears her scar as a badge of honor.

"I have people ask me about it all the time and I tell them it's not something I'm not ashamed of it and I think that it's something I went through and I'm proud of it," said Amanda King.

After her story aired last year, Amanda ran into a breast cancer patient who said she'd seen her on television and told Amanda how much her story helped her get through treatment.

"It was one of the most amazing feelings I've ever had. I was so excited and brought to tears by it," said Amanda King.

Amanda says breast cancer has changed her for the better and puts things into perspective. She tells her friends, don't sweat the small stuff.

"Think about this in a year, are you going to care about this in a year? And if you're not even going to remember it, then it's not a big deal. And it kind of enlightens you to what matters in life," said Amanda King.

Last year, Amanda and her family were part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Not only her parents, brother and sister in law, but tons of friends joined her team and were there to show their support. She plans to have another team again this year and you can too!

The race is Saturday September 28th in downtown Tulsa at ONEOK Field. There's the serious 5K run, a 5K walk and a one mile walk or run.

You can start your own team or you can join mine. Go to NewsOn6.com to register.

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