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

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I Know Who I Am: Patricia Voelker

As a former pastor in a church whose members were largely gay and lesbian, Patricia Voelker has counseled couples who have faced discrimination in different areas of life, including health care.

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.

Thriving, Despite Almost 2 Decades of Breast Cancer: Sherry Lawson

A woman discusses the challenges she faced in health care and her relationship after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. 

Body Image and Dating After Breast Cancer: Stephanie Joseph

A woman learns to love her body and date again after surgery and targeted therapy for breast cancer. 

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.