Janet’s Take: Relationships and Breast Cancer

I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer a little over a year ago and from my experience, relationships change a lot with cancer. While I’m not one of those people who will paint a rosy picture of cancer — and I definitely won’t call it a blessing — I will say that some of those changes are for the better.

Johanna’s Story: When Breast Cancer Comes Back

If you’re like me, after 8 months of this grueling process, your eyes refocus, turning back to the outside world – the landscape of your life – and you consider your return to work, to health, to the life your body used to inhabit. Yet it’s different after cancer.

Diane’s Story: 6 Year Breast Cancer Survivor

My name is Diane and I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor. My story began November 2011 when I felt a slight burning sensation in my right breast. I was working as a daycare provider and neglected to do anything, hoping the burning sensation was temporary.

Rebecca’s Story: Running Through Breast Cancer

In early 2009 as I was doing a self-breast exam, I felt a lump.  I wasn’t too concerned because I knew my mom had had several benign lumps and figured it was probably the same.  I waited a couple of months until my next woman wellness visit. When I told my doctor about it, she felt the lump too but said women my age (34) get lumps.

Connie’s Story: 5 Tips for Going through Cancer

5 Tips for Going Through Cancer
It’s been eighteen years since I had treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. Looking back, the things that were helpful then have served me ever since. I’m not an expert, and what works for one person may not for another, but I’ll share these tips with you hoping you’ll find something useful for getting through this time in your life.

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 know some are as the pretty-in-pink Wonder Woman who stares the cancer monster in the face, one stiletto heel on its chest with a fist waved in victory. That’s not me. Not to brag, but I’m a wimp. Any inner strength I possessed didn’t begin to prepare me for hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.” If I fought a valiant battle, it’s not because I was brave; it’s because I was scared.

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 out, however, that breast cancer is actually the most common cancer in women aged 15-39.

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying for anyone, but it was especially frightening for me as my Mother died of metastatic breast cancer in 1998, after a brave, 14-year battle, at age 55.

As much as I still miss her everyday, the silver lining is that she became my guardian angel in many ways, but specifically in that high-risk specialists began screening me for breast cancer through bi-yearly mammograms, sonograms, and MRIs at age 31 because my Mother was first diagnosed at age 41.

Therefore, my breast cancer was caught early, before it spread.

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