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Lilian Muli’s message to CNN’s Sara Sidner after the revelation of stage 3 breast cancer

In a courageous and emotional on-air announcement, CNN journalist Sara Sidner shared with the world that she has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

The 51-year-old journalist, known for her impactful reporting, revealed the personal news during the conclusion of her broadcast.

“I want to start by asking you to do me a favor. Take a second to recall the names of 8 women in your life; statistically speaking, one of them will get or has breast cancer. I am 1 in 8. I have never been really sick a day in my life. I don’t smoke, rarely drink. Breast cancer does not run in my family. And here I stand with stage 3 breast cancer. I am in my second month of chemo,” Sidner shared in the heartfelt message.

Despite the challenges ahead, Sidner revealed that breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. She highlighted a startling reality, urging black women, in particular, to be vigilant about their health.

“To all my black women, you are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. 41%. Please, for the love of God, get your mammograms every year, do your self-exam, try to catch it before I did,” she pleaded.

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Citizen TV journalist Lillian Muli has since expressed her support for Sidner, taking to Instagram to share a heartwarming message.

“Dear Sara. This is such a powerful message; you are a voice in the fight against breast cancer. Using your personal story to create awareness will transform millions of lives across the world. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”

In an interview with “PEOPLE”, Sidner spoke about the inspiration she drew from witnessing others facing adversity with grace and kindness during her treatment.

“Seeing the kind of suffering going on where I was and seeing people still live through the worst thing that has ever happened to them with grace and kindness, I was blown away by their resilience,” she said.

Sidner concluded her announcement by urging all women to prioritize their health, emphasizing the importance of regular mammograms and self-exams in early detection.