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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.

Get the opportunity to motivate and inspire others by sharing how breast cancer has touched your life. Share your story.

Video production and editing by Assembly

Living in the Best of Times: Scott Cotlar

Scott Cotlar isn’t letting metastatic breast cancer prevent him from finding joy and hope.

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.

Rowing Through Health Hurdles: Laura Schwanger

Laura Schwanger shares her story about multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. 

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Stories of Trials, Perseverance and Hope

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.

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.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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