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Happy New Year! Next month I will be celebrating my 68th birthday (and happy to be living the life I am living) and my 3rd anniversary as a breast cancer survivor. The day the surgeon removed that cancerous tumor from my breast was a new birthday.
My support system included family, friends, and my wonderful caregiver husband Gary. My biggest supporter was and is my Heavenly Father. All along this path, God has been my strength and my peace. He has lead me, held my hand and walked beside me; He has walked behind me and given me pushes when needed.
I was blessed when He led me to start The Sparkle Caps Project in Oct. 2010 while I was in radiation treatment. Since that time, we have given out bags of blessings to 278 women (and 1 young man) in treatment for cancer (any kind), through which women are empowered, uplifted, blessed and loved.
When your days seem the darkest, the Light is there. Just open the door through prayer.
I was 35 when grade 3 triple negative breast cancer. My world fell apart, if it wasn't for my children Hannah and Joseph I wouldn't have had anything to fight for. They kept my going when things got rough, they kept me smiling and laughing especially when my hair fell out from the chemo, Hannah would rub my back when I was sick and Joseph would make sure I had plenty of water to drink. Going through the treatment I would think of my babies and say its for them as I will see them grow up and get married, my breast care nurse had me tested for the BRCA mutation as I was adopted and didn't know my family history, after 8 weeks my results came back as positive for BRCA1 mutation. In 2012 I had a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer again and to reduce the risk of getting ovarian cancer, yet again my children helped me to recover from this major surgery, I felt guilty for this, as I should be looking after them not them looking after me. Being a single parent to these wonderful selfless children has made me realise that I'm truly blessed to have them in my life. My son is organising a sponsored football match at his school against the teacher to raise money for macmillian cancer, he said I was his inspiration to do this and it made me cry, I'm coming up to 3 years in remission now and I bless each and everyday that I have with my family they are my world and I'm so totally proud to be their mum. They are my light at the end of the dark tunnel I was in.
"Are you sure you want the surgery two days before Christmas?" asked the surgeon who was to perform my lumpectomy. I was absolutely certain I wanted it the earliest day possible so that I could return to teaching when the new semester started. And removing all of the cancerous tumor was a Christmas gift to me and my family. On Christmas Day, I was cancer free! Today has been the sixth Christmas we have enjoyed since that day.
I saw a photo on Facebook that your site posted depicting a lady in pink seated on a bench shaped like a butterfly. I want to know where this picture was taken and go there for a photo shoot in my law school regalia.
The butterfly is symbolic of new life, and getting into law school--and surviving it--in my fifties has given me just that. My regalia is due in Thursday's mail (although I still have one semester to go and shall celebrate my commencement on May 18, 2013). Please tell me this bench is somewhere in southern California!
By the way, I've survived breast cancer twice and then, when I learned that I was positive for the BRCA gene mutation, had two preemptive surgeries this past summer (three weeks apart in order to fit them in between summer school and the fall semester).
After surviving breast cancer two times in july my daughter was diagnosed with state three breast cancer. She is 32 and has an eleven year old daughter and an almost two year old son.
I survived in 1997 and 2007 and she is surviving in 2012!!!
I was diagnosed with Breast cancer in May 2010 and underwent surgery, 18 weeks of chemo and one month of radiotherapy ... 2 and a half years later I am still here and fighting fit. When you receive this diagnose it feels like your world has ended but you can and will get through it. Take every day as it comes, some days will be hell but I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel.
My heart goes out to all of you who are undergoing treatment but trust me it will end xxx
I can't even begin to tell you what this journey has been like. I will never forget that day when I was given that life sentence.. the call " positive it's breast cancer" I went into shock, my body felt numb, I could barley breathe, my eyes filled with tears and my thoughts played a slide show of my kids from birth to the present. I was scared to call my parents, almost ashamed I felt like a disappoint, like I let them down. How could this have happened.. I mean, I'm the strongest, the toughest, I'm the Bad Mama Jama!! I swear the light within me disappeared. As the days went on I would found myself sitting in front of a mirror for hours, just to stare at myself, imaging part of my life I have no control of, realizing that I'm really on borrowed time. Well I've gone through the changes the surgeries, chemo restless night, BUT my POSTIVE mind control now has taken over, I'm the HAPPIEST I've ever been!!! I've been blessed to find true love, my soul mate we found eachother just two months before the start of chemo, and since then Jesse has never left my side.. In November he got on both knees and asked, so yes we engaged!! So on April 1st, 2013 fools rush in, our wedding date... God has really blessed me with the most amazing family and friends. They all are the perfect Rx for my journey.
I had breast cancer while I was working on my Ph.D. One of my professors shared that her mother had died and that she clicks everyday. I bookmarked the website and began to click. It's been one Ph.D., six years of teaching, and one precious grandchild since then. I wish every one could be a survivor!
My mother, Noreen, had breast cancer back in 1967 when not too much was said about it. She had a radical mastectomy and went back to work and went to chemo appointments after work..no complaining, no why me..just got through it and moved on.
Ultimately the cancer spread to her bones and after a valiant fight, she passed away in 1971. I always say that most people complain more about the flu than my mother did about all she went through. She was so brave and such an inspiration.
My mother was alive when our two sons were born, they were 3 and 5 when she died, but she never got to meet our daughter. She would love them all now!
I love her and miss her everyday.
Liz was a very special person, she was my loving Aunt. In January 2011 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought like a girl and beat it. She finished radiation in October 2011. In March 2012 she found out the cancer had spread to her Liver, Lungs, Neck, & Hip Bone. She fought long and hard until nothing else could be done. She lost her fight with cancer on November 24,2012 at the age of 35. On December 5,2012 would have been her three year wedding anniversary to her loving husband, my uncle, Bob Bonner. She is greatly missed. She is my definition of a hero because she never gave up. I Love & Miss her. Fly High beautiful Angel. 1/2/77 - 11/24/12 <3