There’s a lot to be said for reading someone’s story in his or her own words. It’s as if you can hear in those words the inner strength they’ve gained from their struggles. Take a look at a few and we promise, you won’t go away unmoved. Or you can share your own story to inspire, motivate or comfort others.

Sheila Niemeier: Celebrating 30 Years of Survivorship

For the past seven or eight years, Sheila Niemeier, along with some family and friends, straps on her snowshoes for Komen Colorado’s Snowshoe for the Cure held at the Frisco Nordic Center in Frisco.

Susan Walter: Finding Heart and Hope at Event

Komen Colorado recently talked with Snowshoe for the Cure participant Susan Walter. Walter, who spoke with us from her home in Tennessee, is a Snowshoe top fundraiser.

Shari Lynch: It Could Happen to You

Shari Lynch didn’t think breast cancer would happen to her. But it did nine years ago. Lynch, who benefited from a Komen® Colorado treatment grant, is doing well today. She recently shared her story with us, and she urges other women to know their bodies and get their mammograms.

Michelle Segura: A Story of Survival

Michelle Segura went from being a breast cancer co-survivor to two-time cancer survivor in less than a decade. Segura is in remission, and her focus has turned to improving her health and her appreciation of it. Susan G. Komen® Colorado talked with Segura about her incredible story of survival.

Rochelle McKenzie: Facing Cancer Without Health Insurance

Rochelle McKenzie wasn’t sure how she was going to pay for her cancer treatments last year. A single mom who sold skin care products, Rochelle didn’t have health insurance. Times were tight. And she certainly hadn’t counted on hearing she had an aggressive form of breast cancer – not at age 30.

Melissa Turner: One Test. Three Genetic Markers. A Family Gets Answers.

It was a new millennium. Science and technology were exploding. Screening for the BRCA 1/2 mutation was in its infancy. Melissa Turner, then 43 years old, wanted to be tested to see if she had the BRCA 1/2 mutation, but it largely was not covered by insurance companies, and it was a costly out-of-pocket expense.

Amy Wedow: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Amy Wedow’s metastatic breast cancer journey began in March 2013 with a grain of sand. At least that’s how her husband described the lump he found in her breast. Amy, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, was vigilant about getting her annual mammograms and seeing her oncologist for regular checkups.