(BPT) - As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents approximately 5% of the population, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The moment a person receives a cancer diagnosis they are considered a cancer survivor for the rest of their life. For Michele Peukert, this moment came on April 16, 2019, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although sad, scared and confused, she was determined to do everything she could to beat cancer.