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Retired cop, fighting cancer and eviction, wins back home

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A retired Atlanta police detective, who is fighting cancer and eviction, gets to keep her home. 

CBS Atlanta first reported Jacqueline Barber's story nearly a year ago.

Barber told CBS Atlanta, in an exclusive interview, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta helped her negotiate a deal with her lender after a yearlong struggle.  

The Occupy Our Homes tents and protest signs were gone from Barber's property Monday night.

It was simply Barber's house, which is a huge achievement considering she was almost kicked out just a few months ago.

Barber, a retired narcotics detective, a grandmother of four and a bone marrow cancer patient fought and won the right to keep her home after facing nearly certain eviction.

"The fight has been so long and hard, but I'm good now, really good," Barber said.

Since spring of last year, Barber tried to get her lender to modify her loan.

Her mortgage adjusted from $2,400 a month to $3,800.

The loan changed hands several times.

Barber offered to buy back her home for $150,000, but the new holder of the loan told her to pay $200,000 or get out.

"It was wearing me down," Barber said.

With the help of activists from Occupy Our Homes and the nonprofit group, Home Free, Barber struck a deal with Ocwen and U.S. Bank to buy back the home for less than market value.

"If it had not been for occupy, I wouldn't be here," Barber said.

Barber and her grandchildren can rest easy knowing they'll get to stay in their dream home.

"If you want to stand your ground, you have to stand your ground. You have to stay there and fight for it," Barber said.

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