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Mylee Cardenas had life all planned out. She would join the Army, stay in until she was begged to leave, retire and then go to school to become a doctor. 

But, after several tours in Afghanistan, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Cardenas thought that she would beat cancer and immediately return to duty, but that wasn’t the case. 

She was found unstable for duty and the military retired her due to severe combat related PTSD and breast cancer. 

“It [her uniform] was who I was and my shield, it was my strength, it was my self-seteem,” said Cardenas. 

In an interview with We Are The Mighty, she talks about how she got a second chance at life after cancer and the military. 

Watch the video for more of her story.