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"You have breast cancer.” What’s it really like to hear these words?

In this section, women newly diagnosed with breast cancer as well as family members, friends and caregivers tell their inspirational stories. Learn what it’s like to face the complex medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial challenges of the disease.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Amy Bonebrake

Hear Amy Bonebrake tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about family, "new normal," living and emotions.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Charron Walker

Hear Charron Walker tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer, her "new normal," support, caregiving, beauty and hair loss.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Colleen Kryka

Hear Colleen Kryka tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being newly diagnosed, her "new normal," surviving, fear of recurrence and returning to work.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Darlene Shorter

Hear Darlene Shorter tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about beauty, family, disparities and African-American women.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Debra Wood

Hear Debra Wood tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about caregivers, marriage, fertility, children, support and pregnancy.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Denise McCrossin

Hear Denise McCrossin tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about caregivers, intimacy, marriage and fear of recurrence.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Denise Portner

Hear Denise Portner tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about BRCA2+, MRI, screening, genetic testing, mammograms, coping and journaling.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Erica Hitch-Graham

Hear Erica Hitch-Graham tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about family, chemotherapy, support groups and caregivers.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Glynis Rhodes

Hear Glynis Rhodes tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about family, her "new normal," hair loss and treatment options.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Jennifer Armida

Hear Jennifer Armida tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about children, fertility, family and support.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Jill Scheetz

Hear Jill Scheetz tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen to her talk about hair loss, children and the future.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: JoAnn Cottman

Hear JoAnn Cottman tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about radiation treatment with MamoSite breast brachytherapy, volunteering for the Breast Cancer Helpline and LBBC services.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Jodi Inverso

Hear Jodi Inverso tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, support groups, lumpectomy, fertility and children.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Karen Gagnier

Hear Karen Gagnier tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about yoga, coping, chemotherapy and her "new normal."

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Kathleen Cole

Hear Kathleen Cole tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about fear, emotions and children.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Linda Kish

Linda Kish talks about her journey with breast cancer including her experience with mammograms, MRI, screening and mastecomy. Linda was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and Breast Cancer Awareness Month catalog. Listen as she talks about mammograms, MRI, screening and mastectomy.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Lisa Goldman

Hear Lisa Goldman tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, mammograms, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), coping, support and biopsy.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Lisa Katharina Messer

Hear Lisa Katharina Messer tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen to her talk about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, mastectomy, coping and support.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Marie McCoy

Hear Marie McCoy tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, family, support groups, coping, children, marriage, caregivers and "new normal."

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Rose Ciardiello

Hear Rose Ciardiello tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, family, support groups, volunteering, lumpectomy, recurrence, lymphedema, coping, children and mastectomy.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Valerie Miller

Hear Valerie Miller tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about being a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, being at high risk, family and support groups.

WHBM Presents 25 Amazing Women: Vivian Rivera

Hear Vivian Rivera tell her story about her journey with breast cancer. She was one of 25 women chosen to take part in White House | Black Market’s 25th anniversary celebration and breast cancer awareness month catalog. Listen as she talks about triple-negative breast cancer, high risk, genetic testing and coping.

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