Moving from Chicago to Hagerstown in August 1952 was hectic for Beatrice Carpenter, her husband and daughter.
The couple purchased a house that needed work and spent many late nights turning it into their home.
It was during that period that Carpenter, then 36, awoke one morning to find specks of blood on the front of her nightgown.
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Alarmed, she rushed to check the nightgown she had worn the night before, and found more blood.
The diagnosis of breast cancer was particularly shocking to Carpenter, who previously had undergone surgery to have part of her uterus removed after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
After years of battle that included treatment, operations and recurrences, Carpenter's breast cancer has been in remission for 16 years.
Carpenter, now 82, said it was her faith in God, her family and herself that got her through it all.
She joined about 130 area breast cancer survivors in counting their blessings during the ninth annual Y-ME of the Cumberland Valley breast cancer survivors party at the Four Points Hotel, on Dual Highway on Thursday.