Celebrities Who Have Survived Breast Cancer

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Hoda Kotb-
Now 47, Kotb, co-host of “Today With Kathie Lee And Hoda,” was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery that year. “I was devastated,” she wrote. “But I was also determined to beat it.” She even managed to find something positive about the experience. “Staring down the scariest thing that could have happened to me gave me the strength to take on new challenges I didn’t have the courage to tackle in the past.” One of those challenges: asking for her current job.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is terrifying and overwhelming. But these celebrities - along with millions of other women - show amazing courage and persistence in fighting and defeating this illness:

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