Breast Cancer

Stories

Everyone's  breast cancer diagnosis is different. Everyone responds differently to treatment and even make different decisions based on personal preferences. Below we have compiled a series of breast cancer survivor and breast cancer thriver stories. You will find so many inspiring topics copied including but not limited it:

  • Diagnosed under 40

  • Diagnosed under 30

  • Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)

  • Triple positive breast cancer (ER+, PR+ HER2+)

  • Inflammatory breast cancer

  • Metastatic breast cancer

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma 

  • Being diagnosed with young children. 

  • ...and so much more! 

Read Breast Cancer Stories 

  • Read them all

  • Sort by a specific stage or age range

  • Share your own story

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  • Some stories may not appear if the person has not disclosed stage, age, hormone or HER2 status

Meet Veronica

Hormone status not disclosed

Stage 2

HER2 status not disclosed

Meet Ted

Hormone Positive

Stage 2

HER2 Negative

Meet Tamera

Diagnosed at 44

Hormone status not disclosed

Stage Unknown

HER2 status not disclosed

Meet Tracee

Hormone status not disclosed

Stage Unknown

HER2 status not disclosed

Meet Tammy

Diagnosed at 48

Hormone Positive

Stage 1

HER2 Positive

Meet Susan

Diagnosed at 44

Hormone Positive

Stage 2A

HER2 Negative

Meet Tonya

Hormone status not disclosed

Stage Unknown

HER2 status not disclosed

Meet Tammi

Diagnosed at 39

Hormone Positive

Stage 2

HER2 status not disclosed

Meet Stacy B.

Diagnosed at 46

Hormone status not disclosed

Stage 1

HER2 status not disclosed

What are the benefits of sharing my story?

Sharing your experience not only helps others looking for connection, but it is also therapeutic for YOU! Unpacking everything you have been through, expressing your concerns, questions, fears, successes, helps you make sense of the cancer experience. Moreover, it shows those recently diagnosed that they are not alone and that we are a powerful community of warriors!

 

What personal information I should include in my story?

 

You are free to share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable with. Think back to when you were diagnosed, what information were you looking for? A few things to consider sharing (but not required) include:

 

  • Age of diagnosis

  • What was your diagnosis (type, stage?)

  • Did you have Chemotherapy and if so, which drugs were you on?

  • Did you have surgery? If so, what type, how did you make that choice, where lymph nodes involved?

  • Did you have Radiation? If so, how many weeks?

  • Were you on any experimental trials? How did they go?

  • Are you taking any hormonal therapies, if so, which drugs?

You are always welcome to also include your email if you would like survivors to email you directly.

 

We only use first names, and you can always let us know if you prefer to be anonymous.

 

What topics should I cover in my story?

 

You are welcome to share on a variety of topics. Topics to express your own experience, and topics that you think would be helpful for others to understand. A few examples (but not limited to) include:

  • What to expect going through chemotherapy

  • How to manage losing your hair (tips and advice)

  • Understanding body changes and how to cope

  • Health and nutrition/eating habits while undergoing treatment

  • Fighting fatigue and “chemo brain”

  • Managing work, home, life balance while in treatment

  • The top 10 things you wish you knew before starting treatment/surgery

  • A day in the life of a survivor…

 

What if I don’t like to write or journal, are there other ways to share my story?

Absolutely! This is a creative space for survivors and caregivers to share their experiences and this takes on many forms. This can be through journaling/writing, poetry, music, art, movement. You name it!

You can always send us your photos to any images you would like included in your story!  If you want support with editing any content, just let us know! We are happy to help.

 

What if I want to include pictures, or update my story at a later date? 

 

Not a problem! Just get in touch with us and we can add photos and make updates at any time.​

It's easy! 

Step 1. Complete the intake form below.

Step 2. Write your story (ideally in a Word document) and pic out 2 or 3 photos you'd like to include.

Step 3. Email your Word document and photos to info@survivingbreastcancer.org. 

That's it! 

How do I submit my story? 

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Thanks for being part of our network and having an impact!

*By submitting your story, you agree to allow survivingbreastcancer.org to publish your story and any images that you provide on our website. Survivingbreastcancer.org reserves the right to edit and screen content of submissions. 

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