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Texas teacher's cancer fight inspires students

Monday - 5/13/2013, 6:39pm  ET

In this March 20, 2013 photo, Susan Templer talks with her students about their achievement tests in Richardson, Texas. Templer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but has continued teacher through her illness to reach her 25 year service mark. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) -- Susan Templer wasn't supposed to make it to 2012 or 2013.

But the suburban Dallas middle school science teacher fought back against pancreatic cancer for close to two years and reached a milestone -- 25 years on the job.

When doctors diagnosed her with cancer in August 2011, her students and colleagues rushed to support her.

Templer says work kept her going, and she loves nothing more than teaching science.

Richardson North Junior High Principal Philip Bates says Templer is the strongest person he has met.

But even the iron-willed Templer has limits. She's had to stop her school year early_she's in hospital now focusing squarely on her cancer fight.

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Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZxlPw63igE


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