Survivor Stories

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...

Mary’s Story

Mary’s Story

Today is my son’s birthday.  He is 26 years old, tall and handsome, has a wonderful personality and is a college graduate embarking on a whole new life and career. Boy, have we ever come a long way. In 1979, 20-plus weeks pregnant with my first baby, I was a happy...

Michella’s Story

Michella’s Story

Half-way through my second pregnancy, I developed an enlarged lymph node in my neck.  After assurances from my ob, I underwent surgery.   A few days later, I returned to the surgeon’s office.  I expected him to walk in and tell me everything was fine, but instead, he...

Cathy’s Story

I remember when I was pregnant and just diagnosed with cancer, I paid a high school girl $5.00 per hour to do nothing but web searches. I wanted to obtain any bit of information about the cancer during pregnancy. About once a week she would bring me a few papers, with...

Robin’s Story

I was over 40 when I became pregnant with our second child.  Unlike the first time, getting pregnant took more than two years.  We were so excited. About a year earlier, I had noticed a small, pea-sized lump on my left collar bone.  Several physicians assured me that...

Sally’s Story

Sally’s Story

On April 26th 2004, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.  Seven days before that, I had just turned 40! A month before that, my daughter had turned 10! Six weeks before that, I realized we were going to have a third child. Eight weeks before that, my husband...

Susi’s Story

This is not happening. This is not happening. This is not happening. These were the words that I chanted over and over to myself after getting off the phone with my doctor. We went to my OB/GYN at 20 weeks pregnant and had the ultrasound done to tell the sex of the...

Genevieve’s Story

I think I knew within the hour when I had ovulated, and was on my OB-GYN’s doorstep 10 days post-conception. My dream of having four children was coming true and I was ecstatic. My labs showed that my thyroid hormone levels were abnormal, which was no surprise. I...