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Breast Cancer Survivor Teaches Importance of Health and Wellness Through Her Experiences

October is seen as Breast Cancer Awareness month around the world, so it’s time for a reminder that the illness doesn’t discriminate.

Although it’s most prevalent in women ages 70 to 74, statistics show that over 250,000 women dwelling in the U.S. have been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40.

It’s been around four years since Jessica DiLorenzo was diagnosed with cancer.

Now, after surviving it, she’s learned some life-changing lessons: “don’t suppress any of your emotions or take any second for granted.”

DiLorenzo had a lumpectomy to remove and received a call the next day that it was breast cancer.

Her tests further confirmed positive for BRCA 1, a genetic modification she obtained that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

It’s learning she taught to a room full of Sarasota County lecturers Monday.

While their students have the holiday off, lecturers and staff learned about social and emotional health.

It was the focus throughout 51 classes the School District provided to teachers and employees, swapping math and history for crisis prevention and intervention for their lecture rooms, how to handle different student behaviors, and training on helping students recover from trauma.

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