Survivor Stories

Janna’s Story

Janna’s Story

I am a person who always dreamed of having a family of my own. I was raised in a family where family was cherished. My parents and my two brothers were my world. On my 35th birthday, I was single having never been married and remember thinking that maybe this was...

Ashley’s Story

Ashley’s Story

I was just five weeks pregnant when I was absentmindedly playing with the necklace my future husband had gotten me for our anniversary when I felt a grape-sized lump above my right collarbone.  Less than a week later I was going under to have the lump removed and...

Kerry’s Story

Kerry’s Story

Something felt wrong. I was happily pregnant with our second child, awaiting the test results of first trimester screenings, and though every test came back negative for birth defects etc., I felt wary of the pregnancy.  At 14 weeks my obstetrician told me to enjoy...

Roxanne’s Story

Roxanne’s Story

Fighting for Two by Roxanne Martinez Roxanne and her daughter Imagine learning you are pregnant, then being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer days later. That was the predicament I found myself in last November. Days after receiving the devastating diagnosis...

Lisa’s Story

In August 2010, my husband Ryan and I were happily expecting our first baby when he noticed a small lump in my breast.  A self-examination revealed a second larger lump.  I mentioned this to my doctor at my first pre-natal visit and he referred me to the local breast...

Trish’s Story

Trish’s Story

As a cancer survivor, I look back on this picture and think of how much my family has endured over the past year and how thankful I am that God has blessed my life with them and given me the chance to continue to be here with them.  My story starts on November 12,...

Mara’s Story

Breast Cancer... two powerful words! They have always been a part of my life. My mother and grandmother both died from breast cancer. My childhood was spent ‘living through’ the disease.   My mother often quizzed me about breast health and early detection. I...

Annie’s Story

Spying the IV pump a clear liquid through about 6 feet of tubing that eventually found its way to the porta-catheter on my chest, I’m compelled to think that I’m the most selfish mother in the world and don’t deserve this baby.  An hour earlier, I was wheeled directly...

Jacqueline’s Story

Jacqueline’s Story

In July of 2003, at 32 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2A) during my fourth month of pregnancy.  I was shocked and particularly outraged that it had to happen now during this very happy time in my life.  I was frightened...

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer’s Story

First, I should spill what I have come to call my “Gasp Factor:” I am the mother of 13 children, all by birth, all singletons, and all by the same husband.  I have 9 daughters and 4 sons, ranging in age from 19 down. Once you’ve retrieved your jaw from the floor, let...