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MISS MS 2015: Contestants overcome hurdles

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It takes lots of work to make it to the Miss Mississippi stage. For some of the contestants overcoming hurdles is nothing new. Some of them talked with us about facing some of life's most difficult situations.

Molly May, Miss Belle of the South also won the title of Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen in 2012. When she was 19 years old she had a double mastectomy.

"It was a very hard decision because I possess a gene called BRCA 1 and it makes my chance of developing breast cancer 80 percent higher than a normal woman," said May. "And then on top of that I had benign tumors that had already formed in my left breast and I had something called a radial scar which is diagnosed in six out of every 15 thousand people."

Miss Clinton, Hannah Hathorn had a different challenge. Childhood obesity.

"I went from weighing 200 pounds as a nine year old to having to step up and make the decision and telling my parents you know, I've got to lose this weight and take care of myself so I can be healthy," Hathorn told us.

Twenty-year-old Reed McNeer holds the title of Miss Pride of the South. She was sick for 3 months when she was 18 , that's when she learned she had West Nile Virus.

"The after effects were constant migraines and dizziness," said McNeer. "Most days I couldn't get out of bed and if I had to go to a different room or to the rest room, my Mom had to come carry me."

McNeer, Hathorn and May say they hope facing challenges provides a source of encouragement for others, and say their message is even in the toughest circumstances, you can still come out on top.

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