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CINCINNATI - On Monday night in "Healthy Living," Carol Williams had a story that will remind all of us that life is often unpredictable. And healthy living is often the key to keeping your perspective and positive outlook, no matter what the danger.

You may recognize Mary Beth Knight. She helped train us for the Redlegs Run, and she comes on our news with health and wellness tips.

"I have always prided myself on being a healthy, happy mom that is fully engaged in her kids' lives and doing everything that I could in my power to make sure I was going to be here for them," Mary Beth said.

Busy is an understatement when it comes to Mary Beth. She works hard to balance home and work but its hard she says because she loves them both. Mary Beth is the mother of two and owner of Revolution Fitness in Oakley.

Last spring, Mary Beth felt something and knew it wasn't normal.

"I was terrified I knew, that I had had some symptoms going on for a couple of months that I couldn't locate the cause of and it just wasn't making any sense. And I was already scared before I found the physical lump," she said.

Her doctor said it would be three weeks until they could fit her in. She pushed back and got in the next week and then she had to wait for her doctor's call.

"It was a Saturday night. I was actually walking into church holding my children's hands and my husband took one look at me and I just said, it's not good. So we all just squeezed each other's hands and went in and had a lot to pray for actually."

Mary Beth's breast cancer was in stage zero. Once it was surgically removed she knew things had to change. So she cut back on work.

Mary Beth said it shook her the first time her kids saw her scar.

"I will never forget when my daughter saw my scar. And what she said, she was so scared. She said, 'Mommy, what is that?' And I said, 'Remember when mommy had to have a little surgery? They had to take something out.' And she said, 'But it's so close to your heart.'"

New research from the University of Chicago links stress and a tumor's aggressiveness.

And now she's focusing on de-stressing. For the first time in 13 years she has a hobby. Mary Beth went back to horseback riding. She says it gives her a chance to spend time with her daughter and focus on something she enjoys.

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