‘I knew what I was doing’


Breast cancer survivor Marilynn Atkinson, of Franklin. Caitlin O'Hara / Daily Journal

Breast cancer survivor Marilynn Atkinson, of Franklin, with two of her three daughters, Mandy Atkinson, of Greenwood, and Pam Cissell, of Greenwood. Mandy Atkinson and Cissell went to every radiation treatment, both surgeries, and oncology appointments with Marilynn Atkinson. Her third daughter Jo Prieshoff calls twice a day to check in. Caitlin O'Hara / Daily Journal

She had seen cancer before.

Marilynn Atkinson, 76, went with her sister Myrna Quattrocchi to most of her chemotherapy treatments and was in the room when she died of lung cancer in 2009.

The experience scared her but also prepared her three years later for catching her breast cancer before it got to Stage 1.

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