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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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Too Young for Breast Cancer?: Adrienne Harlow

A 19-year-old woman perseveres to get a correct diagnosis despite skepticism from healthcare providers.

Lifting Spirits with (Wo)man's Best Friend: Ginny Fineberg

Ginny Fineberg, 64, combines her passion for volunteering and dogs to bring happiness to people diagnosed with cancer. 

Confidence in Clinical Trials: Denise Hyater-Lindenmuth

A nonprofit professional decides to receive treatment for triple-negative breast cancer through a clinical trial.

You Can Do This: Lisa Smart

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Diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer in a yearly mammogram, a woman learns to talk about her experience to give support to others.

Paying It Forward: Scarlett Gibbs

In 1990, a young woman is told inflammatory breast cancer will take her life in less than a year. Twenty-two years later, she is an active advocate in the breast cancer community.

Genetics and Breast Cancer: Laura Martin

After seeing her sister go through a breast cancer diagnosis and two recurrences, and eventually being diagnosed herself, a woman learns of the BRCA1 gene mutation her family carries.

Adoption After Metastatic Diagnosis: Stephanie Norris Drum

After breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, a recurrence and more treatment, a young woman achieves much hoped-for motherhood through adoption.

Faith and Healing: Nickia Walker

A young mother diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer finds strength in God and creativity.

Caring Through Group Work: Lorraine Nagy

In 1999, five women approached Lorraine Nagy about starting a breast cancer support group at the World Bank, where they worked. Twelve years later, the group has grown to 139 members. 

Keeping Stride to Stay Healthy: Margaret Zuccotti

An avid athlete uses her passion for exercise to rebuild her health and win the Race for the Cure's "Survivor Race" five years in a row.