Every person who walks in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event has a reason for walking - and every person touched by cancer has a story to tell. These stories remind us that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is more than a walk. It describes the progress we're making together to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Below are personal stories we hope will inspire you to join us in making strides to end breast cancer!
Abby Acuna’s Story – Cancer, Charlie & Chance My journey is one of a discovery of self. My tumor had a name, Charlie, when removed my new breast’s name is Chance. In March 2010, I saw a lump on my left breast in the mirror. Any other time or day this wouldn't have bothered me but this didn’t seem right to me.
Wendy Boyette's Story – I Know My God is Good I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in July, 2012. I have had 2 surgeries and will have to have radiation in about 1 week. But I am now cleaned of the awful mess thanks to God and wonderful Doctors.
Michele Hawkins's Story – It's All In The Attitude I AM a Survivor. I never thought it would be me. What didn't show up 3 months earlier on my annual mammogram, I found myself. I was fortunate. I caught mine early. It was still stage 1, however, it was already grade 3; which meant it was a very angry, very mean, very aggressive cancer. Was I frightened?
Patsy Aynes' Story – 27 years and still cancer-free In 1985 I discovered a very large lump. The doctor diagnosed me with stage 3 breast cancer. I was devastated at the news. I was told that I would need a mastectomy. I decided to have the implant done at the same time, which also involved removing 23 lymph nodes.
Ashley Gidley's Story – My mom the SURVIVOR About four years ago, the shock of a lifetime presented itself to me and my family. My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I was only 10 at the time. I can honestly say I never understood what fear was until I received that news. We knew it was going to be a struggle.
Erin Ripplinger's Story – Miracle for Two I was diagnosed at 23 with stage 4 breast cancer. Little did I know that I would not only be fighting for my life but the life of a baby, one I didn't even know I was pregnant with until I was six months along! The doctors were shocked at my young age.
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