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Meet Corean, Stage 3 And Fighting

Surviving Means So Much More Than Not Dying

Hi, I'm Corean Foley.

Diagnosed at 41

Stage III

Double mastectomy

19 lymph nodes removed (5 were positive)

12 weeks of chemotherapy

6 weeks of radiation

10 years of hormonal therapy

​And this is my story.

Before March 3rd 2017, I thought a “breast cancer survivor" was simply a woman who had breast cancer and did not die from it. Boy was I wrong! "Survivor" doesn't give justice to what it is we really overcome. It's more than just "not dying"- it's about surviving the mental abuse that cancer will put you through.

It will have you questioning and second guessing every decision you once were so sure of.

A breast cancer diagnosis is about surviving the emotional abuse that to often leaves you feeling crippled, but with no crutches, it’s about surviving while everything you once knew about yourself is being taken by an unseen imposter that confusingly... is you!

It's about surviving through every life changing surgery- some so painful that at times you forget how to breathe. Praying for it to at least lessen just enough to catch your breath, for just a moment. But overtime, the pain does lessen while little by little strengthening the way that we will view ourselves. We become proud to wear our permanent badge of honor and are finally able to see the beauty in the "new us," while becoming so much more than just our scars.

But that won’t happen until we overcome everything we once never thought we could, like having my breast removed, possibly having my ovaries removed and put on hormone therapy to stop the estrogen in which fuels my cancer, leaving me to ask “If you take all of that from me, than how will I ever feel like I am a woman again?"

​​Being a survivor is the moment we are handed the pen in which our oncologist gives us and we are told to place our signature on a form (before we are given chemotherapy) stating that we understand that chemo will kill some of us. You see, I'm unsure whether I will win or lose my battle to stage 3 breast cancer, but that's ok because our fight is way bigger than just fighting for ourselves.

We fight for the possibility that maybe, just maybe because of the fight in which we are fighting today, it will give my children and your children a greater possibility to never have to wonder whether they will win or lose their battle to breast cancer because we already fought that fight for them.

Thank you for sharing your story, Corean. We love you. Resources & Support:

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Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month


Brain Spotting

May 27,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

May 28,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

June 3, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

Jun 4,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

June 10,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

June 11, 11:30 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

June 11,  6:00 p.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

June 17 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


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