Survivor Stories


Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

That’s one mother. One daughter. One wife.

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These are the stories of women who have fought cancer. They give us hope.

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The Gift of Options…

We have come a long way in our discussion of cancer. Body parts, lumps, bumps, symptoms and side effects are all fair game. We discuss them openly, as we should. Our society has effectively exposed cancer for what it is – an insidious disease. And still, there are parts of cancer we don’t unpack. For

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Brittany Moye: When the nurse becomes the patient

As a nurse with UNC Health, Brittany Moye worked with sick and healing patients as part of her job. But, in 2018, after finding a lump in her breast, she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, which included three tumors and 10 cm of DCIS. Brittany had surgery to remove the cancer, and is

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Christine Johnson: Stage Zero is More Than it Seems

At 43, after having her second child, Christine Johnson went in for a routine mammogram. “They called me to tell me they found calcifications,” Johnson said. She went back in for a second mammogram and a biopsy. When the results came back in November 2018, Christine was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ — a

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Charlene Curtis: Paying Attention to the Symptoms

Charlene Curtis’ fight with cancer started in 2014, but health issues in 2013 led her to start paying closer attention to her health. Over the summer, she experienced some swelling and fatigue. In August, she had a scary episode where her heart felt like it was beating out of her chest. After a series of

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Being Their Peace…

As a society, our focal point is where it should be – on the person with cancer. But, as so many cancer warriors know, cancer is not a one person fight. It takes a community. As a community, we struggle to know how to help and what to say. We know we need to do

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Paying it Forward…

In March 2018, I was diagnosed with an aggressive, stage 3 breast cancer – invasive ductal carcinoma that was HER2+. I was 34 years old, my kids were 11 months old and 3 years old, my husband and I were supposed to be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary in April. Cancer was the last thing

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Decades of Hope…

For those who wonder about the advancements being made in cancer research, one of the truest measures of progress is not explained by numbers it is measured in hope. Katya Tarus’ fight against cancer started 25 years ago in post-Cold War Romania. Katya was the oldest of four young children, she was only in elementary

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