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Breast Cancer Patient Stories

Melanie Fowler

Breast Cancer

Melanie Fowler

Breast Cancer

I’m 65 years old, and thanks to a 35-year career at the Department of Defense, I’ve been happily retired for just about a decade. I live in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with my husband Bill, our dog Tess, short for Tess the Mess, and our cat Amoco, who is named for the gas station where we found her.

Deborah Matzura-Wolfe

Breast Cancer

Deborah Matzura-Wolfe

Breast Cancer

I lost my hair, but I never even got sick, which I was fully expecting to happen. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did.

Angela Shammo

Breast Cancer

Angela Shammo

Breast Cancer

I was a first grade teacher for six years before becoming a reading specialist for kids with learning disabilities. After having four children of my own, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and teach my children, along with my nieces and nephews.

Katrice Graham

Breast Cancer

Katrice Graham

Breast Cancer

Before I was diagnosed with Stage II estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, I lived a pretty well-rounded life. I’m still getting used to my new normal.

Kat Kramer

Breast Cancer

Kat Kramer

Breast Cancer

When I was growing up in Philadelphia’s Olney-Feltonville neighborhood, my grandmother made sure I knew how to run a household. She taught all of her grandchildren how to do essential household tasks, like sewing and cooking. I always looked forward to the day when I’d get to follow in her footsteps and pass these skills along to my son, Alex.

But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at age 43, I found myself worried about whether I would be able to carry on family traditions like this.

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