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Stronger Together

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The following pages are about 5 people 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 and one man 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,  you realize you don’t.

 

It puts life in perspective.  

 

Be proactive with your health.  Do self exams.  3 of the 4 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.

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