Marian is a 53-year-old breast cancer survivor from Birmingham, Alabama.

Tell us about yourself.
I am married to Billy Cooper, have one daughter, Jaime Gibbs, and one granddaughter, Victoria Gibbs.  I work for Southern Living magazine and enjoy spending time with my family.

When were you diagnosed?
April 1993

How has cancer changed your outlook on life?
I have learned to take things one day at a time and have learned that I can lean on family and friends for support and comfort. And they will cry with me if I need them to.  I have also learned that I am a much stronger person than I realized.

What words of encouragement would you share with others with cancer?
FIGHT BACK! Don’t let cancer get you down…keep a positive attitude and talk to your family and friends about how you are feeling.  You won’t always have a good day, but the bad days are few and far between.  And just remember…you will get through this and be a stronger person.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure,
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