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TUPELO – Breast cancer survivors and advocates brought plenty of attitude and strength to Tuesday’s Pretty in Pink lunch.

More than 130 women came out to the annual event at the Summit in Tupelo hosted by North Mississippi Medical Center Spirit of Women.

Breast and uterine cancer survivor Jennifer Jackson of Brookhaven challenged women to find purpose and humor in dealing with the obstacles of living a life with cancer.

“I choose to be a breast cancer thriver,” said Jackson, who serves as the coordinator for school advancement for the Mississippi School of the Arts. She has also been active with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

She had the group of women laughing over the funny stories of breast cancer reconstruction and navigating life after breast cancer.

“We have to look at life in a positive way,” Jackson said. “You get some new sisters out of the deal.”

On a serious note, Jackson advocates for annual exams and monthly self-exams.

“Don’t put it off,” Jackson said. “Early detection is the key.”

There’s every reason to have a positive outlook in the face of breast cancer.

“This is a beatable disease,” said Liz Dawson, NMMC Community Health director and breast cancer survivor. “We’ve got to stick together.”

The Pretty in Pink lunch is an annual event for Linda Parker, a 20-year breast cancer survivor from Saltillo.

“I enjoy the company,” Parker said. “Seeing all the survivors and how many there are, it’s very encouraging.”

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