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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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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.

From Personal to Professional: Mit Joyner

Driven by her own breast cancer experience and a deep passion to advocate for others, a woman brings her social work expertise to LBBC's board of directors.

Finding Control: Alexis Lieberman

A woman uses her medical knowledge to take control of her treatment regiment while finding support in her partner, daughter and community.

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.