My name is Makeda and I am a breast cancer survivor. My life is about leaps of faith and change. At 35, I decided to go back to school to complete my Bachelors Degree. During my first semester, I decided to utilize the University’s clinic to get a check-up. During my exam, the nurse asked me if I had a family history of cancer. I immediately responded that my paternal grandmother had breast cancer in her 60s, and that because of her from the age of 31 I consciously made it my business to get regular mammograms. Shortly after explaining my family history, the nurse felt a lump and wrote a prescription for me to get a mammogram.
My name is Beth and I am a breast cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed at age 36. I worked full-time, was a wife, and the mother of three boys. I did not have time for cancer, cancer was not in my game plan.
Before April 2010, I had only heard of breast cancer if it was affecting someone else – and that someone else was always a grandmother, a mother or distant aunt – definitely not someone I knew directly, and certainly not someone my age. Breast cancer was not a part of my daily life, it was definitely not something I ever thought I would need to be concerned with. I was young. I was healthy. I was a wife and mother of two children. Then one day that all changed.
My name is Alison and I am a breast cancer survivor. For the last 29 years, breast cancer has heavily impacted my life. At the age of 17, I lost my mom to breast cancer. Then at the age of 32, I was diagnosed with the same horrible disease that took my mom. Luckily for me, it was caught it early stages and after an aggressive treatment plan, I was able to beat it unlike my mom.