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Living and Giving

Holly Rose Phoenix, AZ Breast Cancer, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage IIB, 8 year survivor Founder, Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Author, Live and Give: Facebooking My Way Through Breast Cancer  1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? The darkest...

Bigger Than Myself

Melinda Montoya Phoenix, AZ Breast Cancer, Stage 2, 3 year survivor Volunteer for A2ndAct.org and Cancer Survivors Circle of Strength of Arizona 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? There were a few dark moments, but what stands out is the not...

Gathering Gifts Along My Journey

Diedre K. Alexander Scottsdale, AZ Colon Cancer, stage 4, with metastasis to liver and lymph nodes Diagnosed September 10, 2015 Executive Producer, “A 2nd Act: Survivorship Takes the Stage” I journaled for 200 consecutive days to keep my family and friends...

Cooking My Way Out of a “Health Hole”

Candy Lesher Tempe, AZ Uterine Cancer,Stage 3 Estrogen-Induced,10 year survivor Owner, Your Kitchen Rx Culinary Wellness Coach, Chef, Instructor, Speaker, Writer 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey?   It was after the surgery. I expected to hear...

Dragonflies and Angels

Dana Stewart Chicago, IL Breast Cancer, 7 year Survivor Founder Dragonfly Angel Society 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? Finishing active treatment was not all that I expected it to be. In fact, it was a whole lot worse for me than hearing the...

You Don’t Have Time to Wait on Dying … Become Busy Living!

Brenda A. Jenkins  Scottsdale, AZ Multiple Myeloma, 8 Year Survivor Grand Canyon University Doctoral Learner Inspirational Speaker and Author 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? The death of my oldest son was my darkest moment in my cancer journey....

She Thought She Could …

Molly MacDonald Detroit, MI DCIS Breast Cancer, 12 year survivor Founder, The Pink Fund In the summer of 2005, foreclosure notices and threats of utility shut-offs and late payment notices took up most of the space in our mailbox, next to colorful envelopes filled...

Life’s Percentages or God’s Hand?

Debi McBee Gilbert, AZ Cervical Cancer, Two-Time Survivor In March 1998, almost one year to the day from being diagnosed with cervical cancer, I was back in the hospital with tremendous pain on my left side. I woke up from surgery to the worst news one could imagine:...

There Will Be Gifts

Kay Prince Tucson, Arizona Breast Cancer, 19 year survivor Founder, Emergence Retreats for breast cancer survivors 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”  Mahatma...

No Fear!

Debra Chicago, IL Breast Cancer Survivor 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? Weeks after my diagnosis and surgeries, I fell apart. When the pain and danger were mostly behind me, I found myself in tears, uncertain about what it all meant.  Dealing...

Thrive!

Bev Vote Camdenton, MO Advanced IIIA, Diagnosed at age 38 (24 year Thriver) Publisher, Breast Cancer Wellness magazine Founder, Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise, Happy Birthday Party for Breast Cancer Survivors Author, How We Became Breast Cancer Thrivers Co-Author,...

You Are Beautiful

Jan Becnel Ping San Gabriel, CA Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, 11 years survivor www.janping.com 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? I have to say, from the moment I was diagnosed, I made the conscious choice to focus only on the positive. I would find...

Out of the Darkness

Carol A Miele Davenport, FL Stage 4 Breast Cancer with Bone Metastasis Author, Metastatic Madness and Kicking Cancer to the Curb! Thinking back to the day I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer, I shudder, not just because it was such a dark day in my life, but...

Trust Your Journey

Susan Kinkade Corona, AZ T-Cell Lymphocytic Leukemia www.bethematch.org 1.What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? My darkest moment wasn’t the cancer itself so much as having to share my diagnosis with my closest family members. In some ways, I was...

Lending Color

Emily Calvo Chicago, IL Breast Cancer, Stage 1, ER+, 2010 APL Leukemia, 2012 www.EmilyCalvo.com In 2010, I lie in bed and felt a lump in my breast. I tried to be rational. A lump didn’t mean cancer, but later, as my doctor poked around my right breast her crumpled...

Stitching Love

Trudie Robles El Mirage, AZ Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, 2012 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? My darkest moment was not being able to walk more than ten steps, and taking 30 minutes to climb the stairs. Three stairs at a time, then a five minute...

A Woman Under Construction

Isabelle Barbour Tucson, AZ Breast Cancer, 2005 Ovarian Cancer, 2008 BRCA positive Isabelle’s book, A Woman Under Construction Looking back over twelve years of cancer treatment, it is difficult for me to identify a darkest hour. There were many treacherous pot...

It Will Become What You Make of It

Sara Therese Moore Marana, AZ Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, 2015 www.sarandipitytravels.com 1.  What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? During my cancer journey I used my blog as a sort of journal, purging my struggles and triumphs into the vast space of...

I Have the Will

Tammi C. Walker Chicago, IL Stage 2b Breast Cancer, 2007 Stage 1 Breast Cancer, 2012 www.dreamsareareality.com 1. What was the darkest moment in your cancer journey? The darkest moment in my cancer journey was initially finding out in 2007. I was mortified. I could...

She Said. He Said. I Said.

Judy Pearson Triple Negative Breast Cancer, 5 year survivor Founder, A2ndAct.org My family and I are quote junkies. Movies, famous people, corny jokes or one another: we never miss an opportunity to infuse them into our daily lives. I can think of no better way to...

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Whether you’re a sister survivor, a caregiver, the loved one of a survivor, an advocate, or just in search of some truly inspirational reading, welcome! As with everything else A2ndAct.org does, our blog’s purpose is to support and celebrate women survivors as they...

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