survivors

We are looking for "Survivor" photos to add to our "Survivor Gallery". If you have fought breast cancer, we want to add your photo to the Survivor Gallery. Please your photo directly! Thank you!

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Has breast cancer affected you or someone you love? Are you raising money for breast cancer research by walking for the cure or supporting the cause by selling handmade items or hosting a virtual Boobie Ball!. Whatever it is, whatever your story. Let us know about it.


Be your own advocate

Post by: Mel at 10:21 PM on Wednesday, Oct 06 2010 | Permalink | Contact

Just wanted to say hi to fellow cancer survivors. I just celebrated 1 year since my breast cancer diagnosis. At just 31 and a mom with 2 small kids it was definitely unexpected to find out I had breast

Rebuilding Me

Post by: Mel at 8:57 AM on Friday, Oct 01 2010 | Permalink | Contact

Almost daily, I’m encouraged to “keep fighting!” and, while I sincerely appreciate the emboldening intention, I’m always a bit perplexed.

I’m not fighting. In fact, I’ve never fought

I am still myself

Post by: Mel at 7:05 PM on Tuesday, Oct 06 2009 | Permalink | Contact

I have never been one to join a cause. When I was diagnosed a month ago, I insisted I would never be one of those women who feel some sort of grand sisterhood with other survivors, or wave a banner at a walk. I am not about to go to any meetings to talk about my boobs. Hell, it’s only been a week since the damn thing came out, and I am tired of discussing it already.

But what I have realized is that I can say, “Here I am, this is what I look like now, this is who I am, and I am still myself.” I had a survivor reach out a hand to help me face my fears, and now I can do the same with whoever follows behind me. I am not my boob,and I am not my cancer, and neither are you. You follow me, and I’ll follow her, and together we will get through

“No big deal, I am used to “living with cancer” as they like to call it.”

Post by: Mel at 5:30 PM on Monday, Oct 05 2009 | Permalink | Contact

Hi Melissa,

I’m a two-time BC survivor—15 and 7 years respectively (and a cancer widow.)

My story in brief is here: http://tangocherie.blogspot.com/2009/10/pink-ribbon-month.html

Now I dance and teach tango in Buenos Aires, since 2004.

Here’s my photo to add to the Gallery.

Thanks a lot.

Besos,
Cherie Magnus

Boobie-Thon

Please go and read more about Cherie’s story here and here.

These are the reasons, the VERY reasons we do what we do.  We wish health and happiness and a continued “cancer free” life to Cherie and all the survivors.  All the best!  The Boobie-Thon

Pride

Post by: Jenn at 6:14 PM on Sunday, Oct 04 2009 | Permalink | Contact

Proud to be a survivor, as you can tell. Also of the fact I have not had reconstructive surgery. My breasts do not define me; never have and never will.

“It takes courage to risk. It takes courage to choose to LIVE. And that courage is power!”

Post by: Mel at 3:25 PM on Friday, Oct 02 2009 | Permalink | Contact

This is the story I wrote over 15 years ago - while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer:

As human beings, all of us know about dying. Mortality is a part of our existence. All of us have, at some point, dealt with watching someone; a friend, a relative, a public figure, deal with death. And it’s no surprise to any of us that we can’t live forever.

In August of 1994, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, learning that I have a life-threatening illness was devistating. But then I realized that I need to look - not at how to deal with dying, but with how to deal with living.

Not the day-to-day existence we call life, but the fulfillment of that life. It occurred to me that cancer isn’t necessarily a death sentence…it can be a LIFE sentence… and a challenge to live! The question became, “What am I doing with TODAY?”

How many times a day do you let a kindness go undone

Am I a Cancer Survivor? Yes, I Am.

Post by: Amanda at 9:31 PM on Monday, Oct 06 2008 | Permalink | Contact

Am I a Cancer survivor? Yes. I Am.

Diagnosed with stage 2 invasive lobular breast cancer at the age of 30.  I still, to this day, sit in my oncologist office, waiting to be seen. I often talk amongst other patients, listening to their struggles. Thinking of how I felt to sit in the same chair. The chemo chair. Thinking of how it felt to have the needle forced into the port on my chest.  Thinking if how it felt for Beth, my chemo nurse (angel), to push the Adriamycin into my young frail body. To sit and keep my spirits up, knowing I would be in bed, detached from the world, for at least another five days. To be useless to my children, and myself.

To think back on how I felt.. All the journals, and blogs…all about me. So self-absorbed.. but at the time, that is how I felt, and damn it…I was entitled. From now on though, I realize that this is more than survivorship. It is about

Tie a Knot and HANG ON!

Post by: Amanda at 10:06 PM on Sunday, Oct 05 2008 | Permalink | Contact

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The HOPE of being a SURVIVOR wasn’t an option given to me when I
found out I had Stage IV Breast Cancer! I was told Lauren , you have
Terminal Cancer .The average life span is 1-5 years with stage IV Breast
Cancer . I was mis-diagnosed when I first found my lump. By the time I
finally was diagnosed, I had breast cancer in most of my bones at the age of
37. I have bone metastasis to my spine, collarbones, hips, neck, sternum,
ribs , pelvis and skull. My doctor believed my “lump ” was a cyst and
insisted I was TOO YOUNG for Breast Cancer. I had 2 mammograms and 1 ultra
sound , they both came back clear. My last Mammogram came back suspicious.
Knowing how bad I felt , I insisted on a BIOPSY.They found a 6 cm sized
tumor and I woke up to the words “its cancer” ! One would ask how can this
be ?Why didnt

Life is too Important

Post by: Amanda at 8:45 AM on Sunday, Oct 05 2008 | Permalink | Contact

Life is too Important to be Taken Seriously!  Oscar Wilde

We now interrupt this fairy tale with a very important announcement. 

I have always lived a charmed life.  Not without strife, but with an amazing resolve, a God-given ability to forget the negative, and a conviction that the universe is unfolding as it should.

What did I have to make me question that?  At 31 years old, I had been married 6 years to the world’s best husband, had a successful career, I was bright and healthy despite a few health “bumps in the road”... 

One warm summer night, in the throes of passion… or the beginning of passion I should say, my husband’s hands landed squarely on my breasts and he calmly and gently said “what’s this lump?”.  Passion ended…

Now, I was healthy, had no risk factors, no family history and no reason to think that this “lump” was breast cancer, right?  But that did not stop

Strength, Courage and Confidence

Post by: Amanda at 10:00 PM on Friday, Oct 03 2008 | Permalink | Contact

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I am a breast cancer survivor. I had a bilateral mastectomy last year followed my reconstruction. I am now cancer free. A mammogram saved my life.  Recently Reconstructed, Now Cancer Free Boobies.

My Name is Evening, and I am a blogger!

Spirit

Post by: Amanda at 9:55 PM on Friday, Oct 03 2008 | Permalink | Contact

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

Thank you for this opportunity to show the faces of survivors and to encourage others to hang on to hope and fight back…..HARD.

Mimi Nieves