CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – About three weeks ago, she rang the bell after months of therapies and procedures. On Wednesday evening, a Clay County deputy who's been battling Stage 3 breast cancer made a big announcement.
"I kicked cancer's butt," Deputy Courtney Altstatt revealed. "I'm here to say that I am finally cancer-free."
She revealed the good news in a video posted to the Clay County Sheriff's Office's Twitter page.
Altstatt first got the diagnosis in October. She received a double mastectomy, and doctors had to remove more than 20 lymph nodes.
The surgery was successful, and the 27-year-old mother of four has received a lot of support from the community, and from her work family at the Sheriff's Office.
"It's been a really long journey," Altstatt said. "If it weren't for everybody, for all the encouraging words and, you know, prayers and love and support -- I'm telling you that was a big part."
Altstatt is continuing her work as a detention deputy at the jail.