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“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.

Want to read more stories from men and women affected by breast cancer? Visit the LBBC blog. 

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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.

What the Heart Hears and Love Sees: Lynn Folkman's Story

Lynn Folkman, LBBC’s manager of volunteer programs, shares how her father’s love and support helped her to heal after she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months after her mother’s death. 

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.  

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents the 2013 Founder’s Award

Ellyn Golder Saft and her father, Robert Golder, received the 2013 Founder's Award from LBBC at our annual gala, The Butterfly Ball. Hear Ellyn talk about how she created the Cis. B. Golder Quality of Life Grant along with family and friends to carry on the legacy of her mother, Cis B. Golder, who served as an LBBC volunteer for more than a decade and remained passionate about helping others despite the toll breast cancer took on her life. Grant recipients talk about how the grant helped them with immediate financial needs and support a good quality of life during breast cancer treatment.

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.

Learning and Transforming After Cancer: Susan McMillan

Susan McMillan writes about her breast cancer diagnosis, reconstructive surgery and the lessons she learned along the way.

Vigilance Throughout My Journey: Zara Johnson

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.

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.