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Fight Like a Girl’s collection of Power Stories are written and shared by real women who have overcome cancer or who are still battling their health adversary every day. The cancer stories found here are a source of empowerment and education, teaching women key signs and symptoms of the many different forms of cancer as well as how to take care of oneself throughout the treatment process. Survivor stories are equally powerful, written by women who now advocate for others still in the fight against a form of cancer or other detrimental illness.

Read the inspirational cancer stories below to find the support you need in your battle, or the final push to share your story with us. Immerse yourself in our community of warriors and join in — we can’t wait to meet and celebrate you.

Lauren’s Story (Cervical Dysplasia CIN 2)

Lauren's Cervical Dysplasia Story

As a nineteen-year-old girl, I got my first Pap smear. Just 2 shorts months ago, my gynecologist called me during class informing me that I have low-grade abnormalities on my cervix. I was shocked and confused and overwhelmed with emotion. She suggested that I get further testing and come back …

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Kay’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Pink Ribbon

In 2004, I did my routine mammogram. No problems. I got a call saying I needed to have a spot compression mammogram to confirm something they saw. I did the spot compression and report showed a spot that needed a biopsy. I met with a surgeon and he immediately set …

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Shannon’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Shannon's Breast Cancer Story

So, on January 23, 2019, I found my lump. I went to my family doctor who sent me for my mammogram. The mamo came back suspect so they did an ultrasound that day. Three doctors told me it was simply a hematoma and to come back in 6-8 months for …

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Debbie’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Debbie's Breast Cancer Story

“You’re a tough cookie!” That’s what people said when they found out that I had cancer. You see, they’ve known me for years and know the struggles I’ve had with having MS (Multiple Sclerosis), and so they knew that I was a fighter and wouldn’t give in to this diagnosis …

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Leeannea’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

Leeannea's Multiple Illness Story

Ok, so here goes. I’ve always been told I could never have kids because I was sexually abused as a child–brutally–to be honest. About 10 years ago, I got bit at the same time on my leg by three brown recluse spiders and ended getting a staph infection in my …

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Ashley’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Ashley's Breast Cancer Story

May 18th has always been my mother’s birthday but in 2018 May 18th became a very sad day for our family, we were told I had breast cancer at the age of 32.   I was married and had 4 kids to raise; this did not fit into our plan. I …

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Kim’s Story (Cervical cancer)

Kim's Cervical Cancer Story

In 2016, I began having problems that my doctors attributed to menopause. Several tests, biopsies, and surgical procedures later, they discovered I had cervical cancer. In March 2017, I had a hysterectomy; they thought they finally got it all. In February of 2019, I started having problems again. My doctor …

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Brenda’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Brenda's Breast Cancer Story

I found the lump in my breast during a self-exam in the shower. I had already had my annual mammogram scheduled 3 weeks out, so I just kept the appointment. I don’t think I was surprised by the diagnosis (Hormone receptor-negative breast cancer) . I was a widow with 2 daughters (one …

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June’s Story (Breast Cancer)

June's Breast Cancer Story

In 1994 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation. I was on Tamoxifen for 5 years. All was great! In 2014, I noticed a few changes to the left breast. Had the mamos, nothing showed up. My primary doctor ordered an ultrasound–still …

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Erica’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Pink Ribbon

I was 21 years old when I was diagnosed. I had felt these lumps when I was 20 yrs. of age.  I traveled to see several doctors who blamed it on caffeine and sugar which I was no longer taking per my primary care provider’s orders. I began getting super …

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