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Celebrity fashion designer Barbara Bates has created outfits for numerous red carpet events and celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey and Whitney Houston. Her big break came when she was introduced to Michael Jordan and began designing for him, which opened the door for many more clients. After two decades of success, Barbara’s world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2009.

“I was frozen for the rest of what they did, I was just frozen,” she says. “It was just a lot to take in. I never thought surely I was at risk because I thought that only white women got breast cancer, or women with small breasts, or people with cancer history in their family,” she said.

When she felt a lump in her left breast, she wasn’t worried at first. Barbara had a biopsy on that breast when she was 27 and it turned out to be nothing. But from the urging of a friend, she made an appointment to have it checked out. At 1pm, after seeing the doctor for about three minutes, the doctor said, “You have breast cancer.” By 4:00pm that same day, she had an ultra sound, had several lymph nodes under her arm removed, and had a breast biopsy.

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article courtesy of BlackDoctor.org

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