No one knows the breast cancer battle quite like someone who has gone through it. These uplifting stories will provide hope, comfort, and encouragement during your own breast cancer journey. Read a few survivor stories. You will go away reassured you are not alone in this fight against breast cancer.
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. But that granular lump, which felt like it was just under Amy’s skin, initially was missed by her doctor.
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. Nevertheless, Melissa knew she had to find a way.
Michelle Segura: A Story of Survival
Michelle Segura began to support Susan G. Komen® Colorado in the Denver Race for the Cure® in 2004, the year her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Segura has most of the picture buttons she and her mom have taken throughout the years at Race. The buttons serve as a timeline of sorts of Segura’s family life and health.
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.
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.
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.