Mrs. North Carolina shares her story as two-time breast cancer survivor

Mrs. North Carolina shares her story as two-time breast cancer survivor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2019, more than 260,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which means 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.

Mrs. North Carolina Phaedra Pistone, a two-time breast cancer survivor, said early detection is important.

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In spring 2019, as she prepared for the Mrs. America pageant, Pistone learned her cancer had returned.

"I honestly did not ever think that it would be back,” said Pistone. “And I was like, ‘You know what, I am not letting cancer take that from me.’”

Pistone will be the honorary survivor chair and speaker for the 2019 "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk that starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at AvidXChange Music Factory in Charlotte.

>>> Watch the video above to see how Pistone believed her story was meant to be shared.