First Person Videos and Stories
“You have breast cancer.” What’s it really like to hear these words?
In this section, women 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.
Get the opportunity to motivate and inspire others by sharing how breast cancer has touched your life. Share your story.
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Linda Sousa shares how her support network enabled her to live her life through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Susan McMillan writes about her breast cancer diagnosis, reconstructive surgery and the lessons she learned along the way.
Zara Johnson writes about the emotional changes she experienced after her diagnosis, as well as how it moved her to become a breast cancer advocate.
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.
Scott Cotlar isn’t letting metastatic breast cancer prevent him from finding joy and hope.
Amy Smith shares her story of her journey as a young woman affected by triple-negative breast cancer.
Laura Schwanger shares her story about multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
Hear personal stories from women living with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. Listen as they talk about their strengths, their struggles and how their diagnosis changed their lives.
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.
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."