Sep 2012

Drive Breast Cancer Awareness Real Life Stories>

Dear God, The unspeakable happened my doctor said:  “Christina you need emergency surgery you need a Capsulectomy”.  The room emptied of oxygen, am I going to die, how was I going to tell my daughter, my husband, my mom?  I drove home, prayed the entire way. A week after our 2012 Drive Breast Cancer Awareness I am schedule for surgery.

~Christina Selter

My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor and I have a good friend with 4 children under 5 who is currently undergoing chemo after a double mastectomy. I also have three daughters, with the lifetime statistics being 1 in 9 women, this is important to me as a woman and mother.

~ Elizabeth Thorp

I have had a lump removed so I am familiar with all the steps for early detection and the testing that goes along with having a potential problem. I was blessed to only have a lump removed and it was not cancerous but for many women it isn’t the same or as easy.

~ Peg Fitzpatrick

My Grandmother passed away as a result of breast cancer, so awareness for women is important to me.

~ Jennifer Medeiros

My mother passed away from breast cancer when she was only 55 years old. I’m thrilled to be able to help create awareness in her memory.

~Zipporah “Zippy” Sandler

My Mom’s Mom had breast cancer, my Mom’s sisters all had cancer and my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 40. My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 as well. I am the only one who has not had breast cancer. My Doctors state I have the worst breast cancer history they have ever come across. In 1990 I prayed for the curse to be broken that has been passed down to the women of my family. I trusted and believed that I would not have to suffer this disease. As of now, I haven’t. Thank God! Again, I appreciate your moving story about Rochelle and her only request was to inquire of your own checkup.

~ Becky

My Mother in Law has battled (and won) the fight against breast cancer, we have lost a friend, and my son’s teacher is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I’d say it definitely hits close to home!

~ Allison Waken

Both my mother and her sister are breast cancer survivors, so raising awareness among my generation of women is a key factor for me.

~ Lisa Sawtelle

In 2004 I had a friend who passed away with breast cancer. She hadn’t reached 40 yet. Since that time, it has been one of my missions in life to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

~ Jill Ciminillo

This past year a mother in my son’s playgroup was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.  She is my age.  While I have had several family members fight cancer, realizing that cancer is something that impacts everyone no matter who or how old they are makes me want to bring awareness wherever and however I can.

~ Emily Knight

My mom is a triple negative breast cancer survivor.  I am honored to help support and raise awareness for a cause that is very near and dear to our family.

~ Karen Heffren

As a woman, I’m driving for every daughter, mother, sister, wife…woman out there who has suffered from this disease. I’m also driving for my father, who died of cancer last Fall.

~ Caryn Bailey

I’ve unfortunately experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer

~ Tanya Salcido

I have lost several friends to breast cancer.

~ Ellen Pryor

My own sweet mother was undergoing treatment for breast cancer when she passed away.  I know the first hand pain that comes from losing a wonderful woman to this disease.

~ Laura Petersen

My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and for the past six years.

~ Julie Deily

Over 20 years ago, I had a liver transplant; so I understand what it’s like to have to fight for your life.  Having your health stripped from you and looking death in the eye is not a battle for the weak of heart. I believe women finally start seeing their true inner beauty when they realize how fantastically they’re made and that often happens during a fight for life.

~ Amy Tippins

One of my very best friends, Emmy award winning journalist Rochelle Brown, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.  I asked what I could do to help. She responded with,  “when was your last mammogram?”

~ Madelyn Miller

My mother is a 2 year Lymphoma survivor and I have two friends who are 4 year breast cancer survivors. And certainly not to be forgotten, I am passionate about the fight for a cure against any cancer after losing a sweet, 5 year old buddy to DIPG in March 2011.

~ Staci Salazar

Breast cancer unfortunately has affected 4 of my family members, three survivors and lost one.

~ Lala Castro

One of my best friends has breast cancer right now.  I can’t even imagine what she is going through.  It’s horrifying. I’ll do anything to support her.

~ Espree Devora

I’ve undergone two breast cancer scares in the last 20 years, the most recent being just four months ago.

~ Kristi Booney

My Aunt fought breast cancer and survived and had a double mastectomy. When I was 23, my doctor discovered a breast lump. I had it removed & had a biopsy. Whew, it was benign.

~ Mary Anne Wendt

One of the most influential mentors in my early professional life passed away after a brave battle with breast and bone cancer.

~ Amy Barseghian