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Laura’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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In April 2016 at the age of 47, I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. I accidentally felt a lump while taking a shower. This happened 9 days after my perfectly normal annual mammogram and the day after my annual well, female exam. It literally appeared overnight. Over the …

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Vicki’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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My battle began in 2005 with stage 1b breast cancer. At that time I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and 37 rounds of radiation treatment. In late 2011, I tested BRCA 1 positive and had a preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction and a hysterectomy. Sixteen years later, I still see my …

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Katharine’s Story (Peritoneal Cancer)

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I started to notice weight gain about a year before my diagnosis, which was April 23 2019. I was 42 years old at the time. I was bloated, wasn’t able to defecate, not able to burp or even pass gas, I would also speak and often lose my breath within …

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Jill’s Story (Breast Cancer- Stage 1A IDC)

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of this year, 2020. The tumor was found by mammogram. Thank God for those! I had surgery at the end of July. Thankfully the tumor was completely removed and the lymph nodes they removed tested negative. I was told I am HER2+ …

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Elaina’s Story (Aortic Aneurysm)

I am an aortic aneurysm survivor. I have struggled with chronic pain and various conditions related to an undiagnosed form of connective tissue disorder, which also included an aortic aneurysm that has been monitored since I was eight. When I was 14 years old, I started having mysterious back pain …

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Christine’s Story (Leukemia)

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What did I do wrong? Why does my life always get f****d over? Why is it that all my dreams always fall to pieces? All these thoughts ran rapidly through my head as the glass bottle containing my special dried flowers crashed to the floor of my bedroom. Memories can …

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Shay’s Story (Breast Cancer-Lobular Carcinoma)

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Turning 40 usually means planning that special getaway with old friends and making a bucket list for the next decade or so. Well, a few months into being 40, I was actually planning how to survive and live to see my kids go through college. Lobular ‘Sneaky Cancer’ attacked my …

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Aimee’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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You know that knowledge that you have from family history of cancer? Mine was due to my grandma passing away from breast cancer and my mother being a breast cancer survivor for 25 years. A cousin passed away from breast and ovarian cancer, and numerous family members either had BARD1 …

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