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Louisville cancer patient inspiring people worldwide

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36-year-old Jill Conley has grabbed worldwide attention through a documentary and photos. 36-year-old Jill Conley has grabbed worldwide attention through a documentary and photos.
Conley was the first speaker selected to speak in Norton's "Go Confidently" series. Conley was the first speaker selected to speak in Norton's "Go Confidently" series.
"If it can help anybody out, I'll be able to die knowing I had a purpose and be happy, and I feel like I've done that," said Jill Conley. "If it can help anybody out, I'll be able to die knowing I had a purpose and be happy, and I feel like I've done that," said Jill Conley.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman is spreading an inspiring message to people across the world.

On Wednesday, Norton Healthcare held its first speaker series, "Go Confidently," aimed to inspire women.

36-year-old Jill Conley, who has grabbed worldwide attention through a documentary and photos, was the first speaker selected to take part.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, so I went through 16 grueling rounds of chemo," Conley told the room full of women and men.  

She also went through radiation and a double mastectomy before learning more bad news.

"I was diagnosed with stage four incurable bone cancer, so that's where I'm kinda at right now," Conley said.  

However, it is not the story that defines her.

Jill Conley is using her message, and what she's been through, to reach out to others.

"Just hopefully, my story will be able to help others out there and inspire them, with or without cancer," Conley said.

As Conley talks about her personal journey, she's very honest.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer, but the cancer later spread to her bones and lungs.

"The hardest part was when we found out we couldn't have children," Conley said.

Her story will make you cry, but Conley would rather see you smile.

She's upbeat and positive, and hoping to inspire anyone she comes in contact with.

Even when WDRB met with Conley, she hugged the crew before the interview.

Her message is simple.

"That we can be beautiful from the inside out, and that's how we've got to look at it," said Laura Brenzel, who attended the speaker series that featured Conley.

Conley knows the cancer she has is incurable.

"Me and my doctor have had that conversation and I know I'm going to die from cancer," she said.

However, it will not stop her as she continues to inspire people worldwide.

"She has fought more than anybody can imagine fighting, and she wants to show everybody that you can fight through this and still have beauty and share your story," said her husband, Bart Conley.

"If it can help anybody out, I'll be able to die knowing I had a purpose and be happy, and I feel like I've done that," said Jill Conley.

Conley also started a foundation called Jill's Wish, where she is raising money to give back to other cancer patients. For information, click here.

Conley was back in the hospital earlier this month for nine days, but she is staying positive and hoping others will, too.  

For more information on the Norton Healthcare "Go Confidently" series, click here.

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