Alisha Truesdale - Cotton was diagnosed with breast cancer last April. She was only 32 years old and had no family history of the disease. She is the first and only person in her family to be diagnosed.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX)--Alisha Truesdale-Cotton is a curriculum specialist at Richland One Middle College. She works very closely with students on helping them set and accomplish goals.

She knows firsthand the importance of having a positive attitude and support system.

Truesdale-Cotton was diagnosed with breast cancer last April. Her doctor discovered her lump and after a mammogram and biopsy it was confirmed that she had stage one breast cancer.

Truesdale-Cotton was offered three options but she chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. Her treatment has consisted of two rounds of chemotherapy, eight sessions and reconstructive surgery.

She does not have a family history of breast cancer. Truesdale-Cotton is the only person in her family to be diagnosed with the disease. As a mother and wife, Truesdale-Cotton says that she depended on her family, friends and faith.

She admits now that she lives every day to it's fullest.

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