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In this section, Living Beyond Breast Cancer brings you the stories of African-Americans affected by breast cancer as well as those of family members, friends and caregivers. Learn how they faced the complex medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial challenges of the disease.

Reaching Out to Help and Be Helped: Kristeen Knight

Looking for others with similar life-stage concerns after breast cancer diagnosis, an Alabama woman becomes an LBBC Young Advocate. 

Seeking Shared Decision-Making: Ronise Zenon

Feeling a disconnect with the first surgeon she sees, a young woman seeks out physicians who are better matched to her approach to care and finds support in an online group for women diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. 

Finding Support and Community: Sarah McClain

Making supportive connections helps a young woman gain physical and emotional strength after a diagnosis of triple-negative, metastatic breast cancer.

From Personal to Professional: Mit Joyner

Driven by her own breast cancer experience and a deep passion to advocate for others, a woman brings her social work expertise to LBBC's board of directors.

Support and Connections Help in a Long Year: Cicely Crews

Advice heard on a popular TV show enables a young woman to discover triple-negative breast cancer.

Confidence in Clinical Trials: Denise Hyater-Lindenmuth

A nonprofit professional decides to receive treatment for triple-negative breast cancer through a clinical trial.

You Can Do This: Lisa Smart

Smart, Lisa

Diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in a yearly mammogram, a woman learns to talk about her experience to give support to others.

Paying It Forward: Scarlett Gibbs

In 1990, a young woman is told inflammatory breast cancer will take her life in less than a year. Twenty-two years later, she is an active advocate in the breast cancer community.

Faith and Healing: Nickia Walker

A young mother diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer finds strength in God and creativity.

Coming Full Circle: A Young Woman’s Journey

A young African-American woman shares her journey after a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer.

Living with Purpose: Sarita Jordan

A young African-American woman with breast cancer shares how she made decisions, dealt with side effects and coped with emotions and unexpected plans. Volunteering for Living Beyond Breast Cancer helped Sarita to move forward.