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LOVELAND - For a woman who has been cursed with an incurable disease, Pat Cudd considers herself blessed because of the wonderful people she's met during her difficult time.

"I never knew there were so many good people out there," Cudd said.

When Cudd discovered she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer about a year ago, doctors told her she only had six months to live.

9NEWS first met up with Cudd when she was living in a cramped hotel room with her dog Sherlock.

Cudd's dying wish was to find a new home for her pup, before she passed away.

Thanks to the kindness of her community and new friends, she's now living in a beautiful home in Loveland. A woman opened up the downstairs portion of her home to Cudd.

"I can't be more thankful," she said

Thankful too, because knowing she might not live to complete her master's degree, Colorado State University gave her an honorary diploma at graduation this past weekend.

"The professor who gave me my diploma is very near and dear to my heart. She's hugged me in the halls and encouraged me," Cudd explained while choking back tears.

She brought Cudd hope.

"When I got home, there was a post on the internet that said 'you're an inspiration to me,' and that said it all'," Cudd said.

Recently, Cudd moved Sherlock somewhere safe. They visit each other frequently.

"When you need most to motivate yourself, your pet is always there. Your pet is just always there," she said.

A prospective family has come along willing to adopt Sherlock. But before Pat lets him go, she wants more time with him. She wants to let him know how much he's helped her.

"That particular prospective owner is willing to give me time to be with the dog as long as I can. And is willing to take the dog when I'm ready," Cudd said.

No one really knows when that time will come. For now, Cudd is just grateful the blessings she discovered within a curse.

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