(Fort Wayne, IN) -- This week, we're profiling breast cancer survivors who exemplify resilient spirit.
Single mom Adoria Dowdell was 33 when she found a lump in her breast while taking a shower.
She immediately thought it was cancer, even though she had no family history.
After weeks of testing -- and finding a rare form of breast cancer -- her doctors told her a mastectomy was her only hope.
Adoria Dowdell/Breast Cancer Survivor: "I was scared, but I guess relieved that there was an option for me, you know? But I was trying to be strong for my girls."
Her girls were nine and a year and a-half at the time.
And she had to explain to the older one why she was so sick from the 12 rounds of chemo and month of radiation treatments.
Adoria Dowdell/Breast Cancer Survivor: "Told her Mommy is sick and that I was going to have to have surgery. And I need for you to take care of Mommy. I told her everything's going to be all right."
She credits her faith, family and friends for helping her heal.
Now, for the past five years, she's participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on the Praise Team, made up of cancer survivors.
Adoria Dowdell/Breast Cancer Survivor: "It's kind of weird a little bit, I'm now in the class of survivors. But it's good, it's a good thing. But I guess I never thought I would be there."
But five years after her diagnosis, she is.
And she's truly a survivor.
Adoria Dowdell/Breast Cancer Survivor: "Yeah, I'm doing great -- I feel great."
Indiana's NewsCenter is proud to be a sponsor of this Saturday's tenth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Headwaters Park.
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