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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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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.

Finding a Friend: Emily Scattergood

A young woman with breast cancer discusses how she tackled treatment, found support and changed her outlook by discovering a “new normal.”

Living with Risk: Ashley Martin

Learn how a 27-year-old woman at high risk for breast cancer made decisions after finding a lump in her breast.