Local woman battles breast cancer for nearly 2 decades

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - While just a young mother in 1997, Patty says she knew something just wasn't right. She went looking for help, but her doctor told her she was too young for a mammogram. Then a week later, she found a lump. "I was 32 when I was diagnosed. I didn't know anybody. I didn't know anybody that had cancer. I didn't know anybody that had breast cancer," said Patty Sobieske

After undergoing a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, she was clear. Or so she thought. That is, until 2009 when it came back full force. She was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer.

In nearly 20 years, she's had 13 surgeries. Four just last month. "I live through seasons. It's like, OK I got through Christmas, I got through fall, I got through spring. That's how I've always lived my life since I was diagnosed," says Patty. She says she's in a position where she has to treat the cancer, with it continuing to spread. So she takes chemo continuously.

Doctors say she could have around five years to live.

She says she wouldn't have made it this far without friends and family supporting her.

While you'd expect to see water in her eyes, all she has is a smile on her face. She's just thankful to be here another day. "It's not hard to get up in the morning when you've got something to look forward to," she said. "There's a reason I'm here."

Patty's message is simple - "If I can live this long, so can you," she said. "I think most people can live a lot longer if they have a good spirit and attitude."

Patty's friends at Woodland Homes have set up a fund to raise money to help with Patty's medical bills. Click here for more information.