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In this section, Living Beyond Breast Cancer brings you the stories of young women 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.

Up in the Air Over Treatment: DeAnna Chenoweth

Living in a small town can make it hard for young women to find appropriate treatment. One woman, a single mom with a full-time job, had to take a long road to find the right care. 

Young Doctor, Unexpected Diagnosis: Breck McCarty

As she prepared to move for her first job after medical school, a new doctor suddenly had to consider breast cancer treatment and fertility preservation.

Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Meghan Malley

After she was told she had dense breasts and that her breast pain was nothing serious, a young woman from Michigan pushes to have her concerns investigated. When she receives a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, she decides to take action to help others like herself.

Changes for the Better: Katie Post

Facing fear, isolation and financial worry after a breast cancer diagnosis, a young woman takes leaps for her future.

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. 

Adjustment and Action After Treatment: Jessica Ordway Young

Diagnosed at 32, a fitness business owner confronts post-treatment emotions and draws strength from work, family and a charitable event that now has even more meaning for her and her business partners.

Translating Experience to Action: Maria Linares

Searching for financial help with a mammogram and treatment help while employed but uninsured, a woman draws strength from her community and finds a new life direction. 

Running Through Treatment: Leisha Atwood

A young Arkansas woman runs to strengthen her body, restore her spirit and expand her confidence after a breast cancer diagnosis.  

High Risk and Young: Oliviya Daugherty

After deciding to have a preventive mastectomy due to having the BRCA1 gene mutation and a strong family history of breast cancer, a 27-year-old woman encounters more challenges.

Following New Purpose: Melody R. Collins

A young mother's experiences during diagnosis and treatment lead to her involvement in breast cancer advocacy and a career change.

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.

Financial Help for Fertility Preservation: Ryann Chamberlain

A young woman who wants to have a baby after breast cancer treatment finds help with fertility preservation costs.

Finding New Purpose: Chien-Chi Huang

Feeling isolated from cultural support during her breast cancer experience, a young woman starts a group to educate and help Asian-American women.    

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.

Too Young for Breast Cancer?: Adrienne Harlow

A 19-year-old woman perseveres to get a correct diagnosis despite skepticism from healthcare providers.

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.

Adoption After Metastatic Diagnosis: Stephanie Norris Drum

After breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, a recurrence and more treatment, a young woman achieves much hoped-for motherhood through adoption.

Faith and Healing: Nickia Walker

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

Money Troubles Stall Reconstruction: Lynn Michael

Because she cannot afford to pay the balance of her plastic surgery bill, a young woman's reconstruction is halted with the expanders in place but the process unfinished.

Strength After the Unexpected Happens: Westray Corradine

A young mother decides how to handle information, talk with her children and find nutritional support after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Pregnant at Diagnosis: Karen Ortiz

Discovering she's pregnant at the same time she receives a breast cancer diagnosis, a young woman makes decisions, finds strength and faces challenges.

Facing Down Family History: Katie Hartline

Even with early screenings because her mother was diagnosed at 31, a young woman contends with her own breast cancer diagnosis and the genetic factor she and her sisters share.

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.

From Cancer to ‘Miracle’: Lisa Sanchez Dittmer

Learn how one young woman with breast cancer made treatment decisions, found support, addressed fertility worries and moved forward after diagnosis and treatment.

Finding a Friend: Emily Scattergood

A young woman with breast cancer discusses how she tackled treatment, found support and changed her outlook by discovering a “new normal.”