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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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Money Troubles Stall Reconstruction: Lynn Michael

Because she cannot afford to pay the balance of her plastic surgery bill, a young woman's reconstruction is halted with the expanders in place but the process unfinished.

Strength After the Unexpected Happens: Westray Corradine

A young mother decides how to handle information, talk with her children and find nutritional support after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Pregnant at Diagnosis: Karen Ortiz

Discovering she's pregnant at the same time she receives a breast cancer diagnosis, a young woman makes decisions, finds strength and faces challenges.

Facing Down Family History: Katie Hartline

Even with early screenings because her mother was diagnosed at 31, a young woman contends with her own breast cancer diagnosis and the genetic factor she and her sisters share.

Coming Full Circle: A Young Woman’s Journey

A young African-American woman shares her journey after a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer.

Never Look Back: Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons

A woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer is motivated to leave an unhappy marriage.

The To-Do List: Sue Peracchia’s Story

After an initial diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, Sue Peracchia came to terms with treatment and used volunteering and expressive writing to cope with the uncertainties of living with stage IV breast cancer.

A Tribute to Rachel Troxell

Rachel Levin Troxell, co-founder of LympheDIVAs, received the 2008 Founder's Award (posthumously) from LBBC at our annual gala, The Butterfly Ball. Rachel passed away from metastatic breast cancer in January 2008. Listen to Howard A. Levin, MD, Rachel's father and CEO of LympheDIVAs, and Kristin A. Dudley, former senior vice president of LympheDIVAs, tell Rachel's story.

Living with Purpose: Sarita Jordan

A young African-American woman with breast cancer shares how she made decisions, dealt with side effects and coped with emotions and unexpected plans. Volunteering for Living Beyond Breast Cancer helped Sarita to move forward.

From Cancer to ‘Miracle’: Lisa Sanchez Dittmer

Learn how one young woman with breast cancer made treatment decisions, found support, addressed fertility worries and moved forward after diagnosis and treatment.