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

In this section, young women affected by 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.

Learning and Embracing Change After a Triple-Negative Diagnosis: Polly Boebel

Polly Boebel writes about her medical decisions after a triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents the 2013 Going Beyond Award

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, Amy Lessack, Marni Manko and Susannah Wolf received the 2013 Going Beyond Award from LBBC at our annual gala, The Butterfly Ball. Hear how they used their personal experience with breast cancer to help others.  

Faith, Family and a Positive Attitude: Cindy Jarrett's Story

Cindy Jarrett talks about her breast cancer diagnosis and how she supports other women affected by breast cancer. 

A Journey of Faith and Thriving Through Stage IV: Sheila Johnson-Glover

Sheila Glover writes about her experience living with metastatic breast cancer. 

Facing Cancer with Her Crew Behind Her: Linda Sousa

Linda Sousa shares how her support network enabled her to live her life through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Happiness and Strength After A Breakup: Rachel Toomey

Rachel Toomey writes about her breakup while she was in the middle of breast cancer treatment, and why she thanked her ex-boyfriend for it. 

Finding Strength in Faith and Family: Amy Smith

Amy Smith shares her story of her journey as a young woman affected by triple-negative breast cancer.

A Young Woman’s Journey

Learn more about the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, hosted by LBBC in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition. This video features images and personal stories of women who have attended the conference.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents the 2010 Honorees

Hear Lisa Black, Jo Ann Cottman, Leslie Taichman and Sue Weldon tell their stories about their journeys with breast cancer. All four women were honored at Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual gala, The Butterfly Ball, "for their courage, compassion and contribution to women and families affected by breast cancer."

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents the 2009 Founder’s Award

Elyse Spatz Caplan, MA, Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s director of programs and partnerships, received the 2009 Founder's Award from LBBC at our annual gala, The Butterfly Ball. Hear Elyse talk about her diagnosis at age 34, her breast cancer journey and her career path helping other women affected by breast cancer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents the 2009 Honorees

Hear Wendy Jonas, Phyllis Markoff, Emily Scattergood and Aundreia Alexander tell their stories about their journeys with breast cancer. All four women were honored at Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual gala, The Butterfly Ball, "for their courage, compassion and contribution to women and families affected by breast cancer."

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: 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: 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: 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: Lori Baur

Hear Lori Baur 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 metastatic disease, coping, marriage, caregivers and the Breast Cancer Helpline.

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.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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