When Suzanne Penney was diagnosed with leukemia after she battled breast cancer, she decided to undergo an injection of umbilical stem cells – and the procedure saved her life, KNSD-TV reported Thursday.

Penney, who lives in Carlsbad, Calif., contracted leukemia as a result of the aggressive chemotherapy she received for her breast cancer.

"When information about stem cells first came out I was against it,” Penney told KNSD-TV. “I always thought, ‘don't mess with Mother Nature, and there's going to be a bunch of cloned people walking around.’”

But, today, as Penney recovers in the hospital, doctors tell her that her leukemia is in remission.

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“It turns out that in the umbilical cord blood there are a large number of potent stem cells that give rise to bone marrow,” Dr. Edward Ball told the television station.

Soon, Penney will be back to running her store, A Pink Ribbon, which is also located in Carlsbad, and offers skin products, hats and wigs for women recovering from cancer.

“Some people are shocked that I haven’t blamed God and chewed him out,” Penney said. “But so many good things came out of having breast cancer, so something better must be ready to come out of this. . . . And attitude is so important when you’re fighting a disease like cancer.”

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