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She Beat the Most Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer
Nine years ago, 36-year-old pediatrician Dr. Kimberly Bates, pictured left, was like any other successful 27-year-old: She had just finished medical school and had settled into her residency. She and husband were dreaming of the day when they'd have a child when she was hit with an unthinkable diagnosis -- breast cancer. As if that weren't challenging enough, Bates also discovered that she had triple negative breast cancer, a particularly pernicious form of the disease that disproportionately strikes young black women, resists most treatments and offers bleak survival rates. With a single sentence from her oncologist -- "you have triple negative breast cancer" -- the life Bates had imagined for herself was dramatically altered.