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Breast cancer survivor talks about what fight is really like

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SWANSBORO, Onslow County - Most of us know someone who has dealt with breast cancer. Jennifer Orr is one of them.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Onslow County Emergency Services raised $1,700 to support women like Orr in the fight. The money that EMS workers donated to Onslow Memorial Hospital is going toward helping women get mammograms who otherwise couldn't afford them.

Orr has had the cancer found twice and beat it twice. The two experiences changed her life.

"I've spent the last 16, 17 years working IT, programmer, sharepoint designer, developer," Orr said.

She has since decided to go all in and open a boutique in Swansboro.

"Live your dreams," Orr said. "Do what you have to do to be happy because you don't know what's gonna happen, you know, a week from now, a month from now."

Survivors said one of the best pieces of advice they can give is do not skip that annual mammogram. If you can get diagnosed, at least you can catch it early. And what can we do to support the survivors?

"Let them know that you're still there later on to because a lot think that when you're done and over with then you're all better and everything is fine and that is not always the case," Orr said.

Orr encourages you to keep your friends accountable, too. Make sure to get your annual tests and take preventative measures.

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