WEST BURBANK — Marla Zack lost her mother, stepmother, aunt and several friends to breast cancer, but when she was diagnosed with the illness two years ago, she knew she was going to be different.
She was going to survive.
Now Zack, a 45-year-old who had to give up her job as the production supervisor on "America's Got Talent" to concentrate on her treatment and recovery, is working hard to raise awareness of the disease and money for cancer charities in the process.
"It was a bullet I thought I had dodged," said Zack. "I was always aware of it; my mom was 42 when she was diagnosed, so when I got past 42 my husband and I felt relieved. But then I was diagnosed when I was 43 and it was devastating."
Zack, who learned of her diagnosis at her annual checkup in March 2008, ended up having a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and a hysterectomy after the cancer spread to her lymph nodes. But she never doubted what the outcome would be.