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The following pages are about 9 women going through life like normal.  Probably a lot like the days we all have, kids, dinner, work, errands, the never ending list of things we have to do.  The only difference is, in the midst of the chaos of life, these women were all diagnosed with breast cancer.   

And yet, they stayed strong.  In fact, all of them say they became even stronger throughout the process.  Can you imagine?  You’re going through life, making dinner, going to work, it feels like you have control.  And suddenly, sometimes in one day, you realize you don’t.

It puts life in perspective.  

Be proactive with your health.  Do self exams.  4 of the 9 women had clear mammograms just months before they got their diagnosis.  Many had no family history of breast cancer.  

As you will learn from these women, thinking and living in a positive way will get you through the darkest times.  

According to breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.

For those that will be diagnosed,  be your own advocate.  Do your research.  Allow yourself to feel and accept support from those around you.  Knowledge is power. 

To the survivors:  you are my hero.  The mental and physical challenges that you must endure are horrific.  The strength and grace you display after nature and science has ran its course, is admirable.  Thank you for sharing your story.

Originally from Philadelphia, Sandi Allende, a 62-year old mother of 3 grown children has lived in Winter Haven for 28 years. Her job as a reg…

Sara is turning 83 this year, married for 65 years, raised 5 boys and is one tough woman.  I called her one morning for our interview and she …

Rachel Lobdell is 39 years old, married for only 2 years to Matthew Lobdell although together for 5.  One step-daughter, 17-years old.  Rachel…

Donna Grosser is 56 years old, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is married and has been living in Winter Haven for the past 30 years.  S…

Debbie Hancock is a 55-year-old mother of two grown children and three grandchildren. She lives in Haines City with her husband Kenny Hancock …

Paula Harrold is a wife of almost 17 years to her husband Matthew Harrold. Together, they have two teenage children, Hunter and Jana.  This 40…

Heather walked into the room, full of an amazing energy, all smiles, photo books in hand ready to tell her story.  She, like the others are su…

Carmen Adair of Haines City is mother to her 3 grown children, son Lyle, daughter Lindsey, and step-daughter Audrie. This 58-year-old grandmot…

Alison is 49 years old and was born and raised in Lake Wales.  She’s been married since 2005 to her “amazing” husband.  She has 2 kids, a daug…

 

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