(NEWS CENTER Maine) — As a mother, athlete and self-professed "health nut", Brooke Ismail has always been in tune with her body. She has also been very conscientious about doing self-exams and getting annual mammograms.

At her check-up in May of 2013, she was told everything looked fine.

But she knew better. So she followed her intuition, and sure enough, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In this Buddy to Buddy report, Brooke shares the unusual symptoms that got her attention and a very important message to all women to take charge of our own health.