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"My commercial will tell people that I'm a survivor and that it doesn't have to get to you," said Salutric. "That's how I feel. I hope that is how the commercial comes across to people."

Salutric appears in an "Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer" campaign commercial, which will air the whole month of October on Philadelphia-area cable channels and network stations like Channel 6 and Comcast Cable.

Almost five years ago, being featured in a television commercial was the last thing on Salutric's mind.

After having a mammogram at the age of 40, Salutric said she began to experience some pain in her breasts.

"I never thought anything of it because there isn't any history in my family," she said. "I went for my regular check-up with my doctor and nothing was said."

Six months later, Salutric said it was around Christmas time 2000 when her chest began to burn and hurt.

"I made an appointment for a mammogram and an ultrasound," she said.

On February 1, while she was at work as a senior life claims examiner at Harleysville Insurance Company, Salutric received a phone call from her doctor with news that she wasn't expecting to hear.

"He told me that I had to see a surgeon as soon as possible," she said. "I was the only person at work, and after getting that news, you feel like your body leaves you. I became totally numb."

After a family death, Salutric said she met a doctor at the funeral who recommended that she go to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

"From there, I had a biopsy, and then my surgery was on March 9," she said. "I thank Dr. Brian Czemicki and Dr. Lou Bucky everyday. HUP is wonderful."

The whole time she was undergoing her treatment, Salutric said she kept many people informed of her well-being.

"Everyone at my work went through everything that I went through," she said. "The only way I knew how to tackle it was to let everyone know about it."

Since her initial surgery, Salutric said she's had to undergo several other procedures, including getting implants.

"I had a couple of choices as to what to do," she said. "I could have my left breast and it could've gone into my right breast. I thought to myself that I don't want to go through this in 10 years.

"I had a bilateral mastectomy. I didn't hesitate. I didn't want to have one boob looking one way and the other looking another way. I never looked back or questioned what I was doing. My husband Larry is very supportive with any of the decisions I've made. I never felt bad about the decision; I chose to have implants put in."

Two weeks after the implant surgery, Salutric said she felt good enough to host 25 people at her house for her young son Chandler's birthday party.

Salutric said she'll see Dr. Czemicki once a year for probably the next 10 years and that she sees Dr. Bucky all of the time.

"I'll be going into surgery on November 18 to have the current implants taken out and a new set will be put in," she said. "Dr. Bucky has referred people who are going through similar situations to me and I would counsel them. I enjoy talking to these people. I've made a lot of friends while doing this.

"It is how you handle things, and I'm a positive person and wanted to deal with this and get on with life. I never let this get to me."

Not only is Salutric a breast cancer survivor, she is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness, and that is how she was informed of the commercial audition for her favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

"A friend of mine, whose son works for the Eagles, told her that the team was holding auditions for breast cancer survivors to appear in a series of commercials," she said. "I was asked if I would come down to interview for a commercial.

"It was on a whim and it was for breast cancer and for a good cause. I figured I'll go down and maybe my commercial will be good for what it is"

With her husband Larry by her side, Salutric said they drove down to Tony Luke's, East Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, on September 9.

"They had the street blocked off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.," she said. "Over 50 people were interviewed. I did my interview at 6:15 p.m. that night. The Eagles called me five days later to tell me that I was selected. They called the house and Larry got the message. He called me and told me that I was chosen and I didn't believe him at first."

On September 15, Salutric and a host of well-wishers attended a kick-off party at Boyd's Department Store, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. "They are selling pink hats and ties for breast cancer awareness," she said.

With family and friends constantly telling her that they've seen her commercial, Salutric said she recalls her time in front of the camera.

"Oh my God, I was so nervous," she said. "I thought it would be like a regular interview. There was no script. They had to do several takes. They were really nice. What you see on TV is me, and I'm pumped up."

It is a positive attitude that helped Salutric through her ordeal, and she hopes all women consider breast examinations.

"Cancer doesn't choose its victims, and it doesn't even have to be in your family," she said. "It can happen to anyone. Breast cancer does not discriminate."

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