Breast Cancer Stories

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Eileen: Coping with Chemo

Cancer patients often hear the words: "You're so brave! I could never go through that." As if we have a choice or are selected based on our bravery. I ...

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Mary: Stage I Invasive Breast Cancer

My name is Mary Vetting, and I am an eight-year breast cancer survivor.

Most people think of breast cancer as an older woman’s disease. It turns ...

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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

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

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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Jennie's Story

The idea of breast cancer wasn't new to me when I felt a lump in my breast three months after I missed my scheduled mammogram in 2000 (my cousin had been ...

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Jeanne: I Had Reconstruction

When I realized I needed to have a double mastectomy, I couldn't decide whether or not to have reconstruction as well. I talked to a friend of a friend ...

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Finding The Balance Point

My healing process from cancer took 9 months. In this period I have changed dramatically, physically as well as mentally. But while the physical change ...

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Barbara: Breast And Ovarian Cancer Survivor

I always knew that someday I would hear the words "you have cancer." My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 in 1973, and was treated by ...

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Marsha's Story

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 1999, a month before my 57th birthday. My tumor was found when I went for my annual mammogram. I was lucky ...

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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: "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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Megan: Her2-Positive Breast Cancer

When women call the SHARE helpline and tell me they've just been diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer, I know how scared they are. Often they've ...

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Grace: Why I Volunteer On Share's Hotline

I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1993 and it was a great shock to me. I came to SHARE even before I had my surgery because I needed to talk ...

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Shirley: What I Get From Share

When I came to SHARE, I was warmly welcomed by the people here, and I more or less felt at home right away. So I have been volunteering for SHARE for ...

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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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