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Lifelong Eagles fan and cancer survivor shares her recovery story

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Lifelong Eagles fan and cancer survivor Diamonique Valentine was a guest announcer for this year's NFL Draft, thanks to the league's Crucial Catch program. Jericka Duncan sits down with Valentine.

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JERICKA DUNCAN: No matter how the upcoming NFL season ends for the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-year-old fitness coach and Eagles super fan Diamonique Valentine says this team has shown her how to win.

DIAMONIQUE VALENTINE: It was definitely a journey.

JERICKA DUNCAN: In the summer of 2019, at just 27 years old, Valentine felt a lump in her breast. She was later diagnosed with stage three triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that often resists standard therapies.

What did you think when you heard cancer?

DIAMONIQUE VALENTINE: It just seemed unreal. It felt like a nightmare.

JERICKA DUNCAN: With the support of her husband, Marcus, Valentine battled through 16 rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. Doctors now screen her for cancer every three months.

MARCUS VALENTINE: Being here to support her has been one of the biggest blessings that we've had, because a lot of people don't have that.

JERICKA DUNCAN: Valentine credits her faith, her family, and the Eagles for helping her cross the goal line into recovery.

There is a parallel between having a team that you support, like the Philadelphia Eagles, and this journey that you guys have been through.

DIAMONIQUE VALENTINE: We're in a new season, like a new birth. We got a new head coach, we got some new picks, right? So I feel like, for us as well, right? We've been through the turmoil, we've been through the ups and downs. It's like a new season of new and freshness.

JERICKA DUNCAN: It's that energy that prepared them for this moment.

DIAMONIQUE VALENTINE: Hi, NFL fans.

JERICKA DUNCAN: Yesterday, the Valentines were guest announcers for this year's NFL Draft, thanks to the league's Crucial Catch program. Together with the American Cancer Society, the program raises funds for prevention and screenings like the one Valentine received.

DIAMONIQUE VALENTINE: We are on the road to victory because of critical initiatives like the Crucial Catch and organizations like the American Cancer Society. Back to you to make the pick. Go Eagles!

JERICKA DUNCAN: A reminder that sometimes the teams reach can go far beyond the field. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, New York.