Breast Cancer Stories

Welcome to our collection of breast cancer stories! These are inspiring and often personal stories about how ordinary women discovered their breast cancer symptoms, coped with their diagnosis, and found support through their treatment. Whether you yourself have been recently diagnosed, or are trying to understand the experience of a loved one with breast cancer, you may find it helpful to read stories of survivors to find hope and tips on the best way to move forward, and to be reminded that you are not alone.


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Breast Cancer: "Our" Story

My name is Tiana. I am 34 years old. I am a wife and mother from the San Francisco Bay Area, born and raised in East Palo Alto -- the soul in the Silicon ...

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Cancer As A Turning Point

Cancer As A Turning Point

My story begins in June 2008. On a lovely Saturday afternoon, while celebrating my young son's fifth birthday, I noticed that there was a big lump in ...

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Megan: I Chose Not To Have Reconstruction

Megan: I Chose Not To Have Reconstruction

SHARE volunteer Megan Rutherford describes her decision not to have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. 

I was lucky. Because I had my bilateral ...

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Marie: August Interupted

Marie: August Interupted

On August 12, 2011, I heard these six words while sitting half-naked in an exam room at St. Barnabas Hospital - "We are dealing with Breast Cancer." ...

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Mary:

Mary: "My Chart Reads N.E.D."

My Mother died of breast cancer in 1998, after a brave, 14-year battle, at age 55. As much as I still miss her every day, the silver lining is that she ...

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Cathy: Paying It Forward

Cathy: Paying It Forward

After I got over the initial shock of my diagnosis, after I recovered from my surgery, after chemotherapy was in my rearview mirror, something miraculous ...

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Elizabeth: Stage I Invasive Carcinoma

Elizabeth: Stage I Invasive Carcinoma

My name is Elizabeth Thornhill, and I have been a mammographer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York for 14 years and worked at the Breast Examination ...

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Jo: Lat-Flap Reconstruction

Jo: Lat-Flap Reconstruction

A recent article in the New York Times referred to a study showing that women who'd had reconstructive surgery reported higher quality of life than women ...

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Eileen: Blogging About Her Experiences

Eileen: Blogging About Her Experiences

I was diagnosed October 25th, 2005 with an aggressively-growing estrogen-driven breast cancer on my right breast. I had a (big) lumpectomy and a bilateral ...

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Gina: Breast Cancer after Hodgkins Disease

Gina: Breast Cancer after Hodgkins Disease

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when a lump was found in my right breast. Chemotherapy was not prescribed because my Oncotype was so low. It seemed ...

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Mimi: Being A Lesbian With Breast Cancer

Mimi: Being A Lesbian With Breast Cancer

In 2006, while in my 20s, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As many people know first-hand, a cancer diagnosis changes your life overnight. I went from ...

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