By Eliott Rodriguez

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A diagnosis earlier this year changed Hamalie Sahadeo’s life. It was the day she found out she had breast cancer.

“The most difficult time was when I got a phone call from my radiologist that breast cancer was detected,” she said. “I didn’t know what the future would hold.”

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Hamalie is now an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

She spent Tuesday at Broward Health Medical Center touring a giant inflatable breast in the hospital lobby. It’s 12 feet high and 19 feet wide and interactive, showing parts of a woman’s breast with healthy breast tissue before the different stages of breast cancer. The idea is to encourage early detection through mammograms and self-examinations.

“October is breast cancer awareness month and we want to show how important early detection and self-examination can be,” said Dr. Alia Abdula, a surgical oncologist and /Broward Health.

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Thanks to early detection Hamatie is cancer-free, completing surgery and radiation therapy in four short months.

“I’m doing fine,” she said. “I’m so happy and feeling positive. My family and co-workers were a big part of my healing.”

Hamalie encourages other women to take an active role in breast cancer awareness.

“I always pushed my mammograms away,” she said. “Now I see how important they are not only for me but for all women around the world.”

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Hamalie just celebrated a birthday last week. Her breast cancer diagnosis was the best news she could ever ask for.

Eliott Rodriguez