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It’s Personal…

We know that everyone’s breast cancer experience is a unique, emotional and personal one. There’s a lot to be said for reading someone’s story in his or her own words. It’s as if you can hear in those words the inner strength they’ve gained from their struggles. Take a look at a few and we promise, you won’t go away unmoved. Or you can share your own story to inspire, motivate or comfort others… You can also share your own story here: http://komensuncoast.org/get-involved/share-your-story/

The July before I was diagnosed, I found the lump. They came back and said it was just a cyst, not to worry. By December, it was growing. We were concerned, so I went back and got tested again. [More...]

I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in June 2016. I'm on my second round of chemo treatment at this moment. The only thing that goes through your head...is WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY KIDS... [read more...]

Brenda (BK) is a Race participant that is particularly interested in finding a cure for breast cancer. She is a two-time survivor who also lost her older sister to the disease . . . From her very first mammogram, Brenda was recommended for follow-up and was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. [Read more...]

"Four years ago I was called into the Doctor’s office, honestly not having a clue what I was about to hear, so I went alone. He told me those words no one ever wants to hear, words that changed my life forever...YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER. [Read more...]

I am a happily married, 48 year old, school district employee for 23 years with four children, a cat and a dog! Right before my 48th birthday I went for my annual exam. This year was not like the others though... [Read more...]

Have you ever thought ‘It will not happen to me’? Oh how wrong I was. . . .My daughter, Stephanie, was diagnosed in August of 2015 with Pseudo tumor Cerebri. . . . She had surgery on March 29, 2016. She was discharged on April 4, 2016 and later that day, my wonderful husband, Mark, had a heart attack. In June 2016 I felt a lump in my left breast and it was actually hurting. . . [Read more...]

When I was pregnant with my second daughter at the ripe-old-age of 22, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors tried to tell her that she was lucky. ‘If you have to get breast cancer, you should get it like this!’ [Read more...]

I am not just a breast cancer survivor, I am a cancer survivor. Years after breast cancer, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and years later I had uterus cancer. I want to inspire other people that are experiencing all different types of cancer. [Read more...]

I am a 13-year survivor. I was diagnosed 13 years ago but I was one of the lucky ones because it was in its early stage. I’m a big proponent of self- examination. Early detection saves lives, that’s the bottom line. I’m the poster child for that, because I found the lump myself... [Read more...]

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39 in Los Angeles. I thought it was going to be the end of my life. At the time I was in a study for Ovarian cancer at Guilda Radner Cancer Detection Program when they found my breast cancer. [Read more...]

I had an annual mammogram and ultrasound which were normal. Five months later, I felt a pain in my right breast and ignored it. About a month later, I went to see my doctor and the tests were run again. . . . I had a feeling it was cancer. [Read more...]

I found my lump through breast self-exam and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly thereafter. While I had no family history, I was aware every woman is at risk and had educated myself on early detection. [Read more...]

My name is Allie. I work as an Assistant State Attorney. I'm 29 years old, and this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. [Read more...]

I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in my left breast October 10, 2000. I was devastated when I found out. [Read more...]

Hi my name is Carlyn, I am related to comedian George Carlin through my grandmother. Comedy was the best medicine, my best friend 'Laughter', carried me through chemo and radiation. [Read more...]

I was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer at 38. While devastated, I wasn’t entirely surprised. My mother had also been diagnosed at 38 and lost her battle at 44. [Read more...]

It was the end of 2008 and there I was, a 6’3”, 240 lbs. Harley riding General contractor working commercial construction management, reading a report stating I was the proud owner of a 2.5 cm invasive ductile carcinoma, stage 3, T2, estrogen and progesterone positive breast cancer. Are you kidding me? I’m a guy. [Read more...]

My name is Karen & I'm married to Richard 24 yrs in May. I found a lump in my right breast in Feb 2011 in the shower. . . . They MISSED the tumor & told me there was "nothing there." [Read more...]

Last spring, I bought a new bra and felt some discomfort when I took it off. I had a mammogram, a biopsy and then learned I had breast cancer. I was in shock and cried not just for myself but for my father. He had already endured my grandmother’s passing due to this terrible disease. I was worried about my Dad and this 2nd journey due to my diagnosis. [Read more...]

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 44 years old. Due to this family history, I am vigilant about keeping up with my breast health. About 2 years ago, I started to experience lots of sensitivity with my breasts and armpits. I knew I needed a mammogram. At the time, I did not have health insurance. I posted on Facebook that I had a concern and needed assistance. By coincidence, the director of the local Komen affiliate was my Facebook friend . . . [Read more...]

Like many others who race, my story is personal because of members of my family who are either survivors or who have lost their battles. I started doing this race almost from the beginning because of my paternal grandmother, for whom I was named. She died of breast cancer before I was born, in her early 50s. [Read more...]

My grandmother Milly is a 20 year breast cancer survivor. Today she is 84 years young! When I was in 6th grade I was part of a volunteer service club and thru them I attended my first Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in honor of my grandma. [Read more...]

Kristina: When you walk down the street, you can’t really pick out who had cancer and who didn’t. I remember when I first got cancer, that’s something that I struggled with. [Read more...]

In March 2014, I started to feel some discomfort in my right breast. I am a busy, working, single mom raising 3 kids so I ignored it. I was afraid and took comfort in my denial. [Read more...]

I was diagnosed with a stage II triple negative breast cancer. For most women, being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer is horrible enough. For me, it was even more devastating because I was 4 months pregnant with my son, Mason. [Read more...]

My niece was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 and had a double mastectomy. [Read more...]

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