A lump, the tiniest cluster of cells can turn a woman’s world upside down. It seems so unnatural and wrong for the body to betray us.

But sometimes it does.

Odds are that one in eight of women will experience breast cancer. This year alone, The American Cancer Society estimates that 296,980 new cases will be diagnosed. It’s likely that each of us knows someone affected by breast cancer.

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This month we will share honest and unfiltered stories of strong and vibrant survivors, husbands who journeyed alongside their wives and we will honor the lives of precious women that we miss.

And our hope is that we will hear from you.

We invite you to do the same—share your honest and unfiltered stories. Consider this a space to encourage and help each other.

Today there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that death rates from breast cancer in the US have dropped 34% since 1990. Early detection, healthier lifestyles and improved treatment options are positioning women to survive.

As we launch this series we ask you to do these things:

  • Know your body and do your self exam

  • Schedule your mammogram (if you’re over 40 or high-risk)

  • Visit cancer.org to learn more about the prevention

We’re grateful for this community—thank you in advance for sharing your stories with each other and with us.

We are honored to hear them. 

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  3. Terri Goehner says:

    In Feb of 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I literally spent that year fighting it…went through chemo, a complete mastectomy, and radiation. Got an “all clear” PET SCAN in Dec of 2008. It was the toughest and scariest year of my life. I’m so grateful for my family and friends who walked with me through my journey. There were moments when the pain was so overwhelming that I just prayed to God to let me die. In those moments, those dark nights of the soul, I clung to scripture and God’s promises. Over and over I would repeat certain verses, sometimes in my head and often out loud. The books of Psalms and Isaiah were the most helpful and comforting. Now as I look in the rear view mirror and see where I’ve been I am reminded of God’s love and compassion. In a couple of months I will hit the 5 year cancer free mark and I plan to celebrate with family and friends. I urge women to get their mammogram and do the self-exams. I now volunteer with the American Cancer Society and help counsel/mentor newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. I know that my breast cancer wasn’t a surprise to God…He knew when He knit me together in my mother’s womb what would happen on Feb 28, 2008. He knew and had a plan. He put people in my life at just the moment I needed them or needed a word of encouragement or a hug or a shoulder to cry on.

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