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Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

When Marlene Haney turned 60 in 2013 she decided the best gift she could give herself was a physical she had been putting off. Self–employed and without supplemental health insurance, she says she had not be in a position to see a doctor for over a decade. When her right breast became tender, she realized a trip to the doctor was necessary.

Kim Hagerich

Breast Cancer

Kim Hagerich

Breast Cancer

Moving halfway across the country with two small children can be stressful, but when we moved for my husband’s new job in 2005, I took it in stride. My husband Todd and I settled into a friendly family-oriented neighborhood in a northern Philadelphia suburb.

Sonia Smith

Breast Cancer

Sonia Smith

Breast Cancer

I was very busy as the Economic and Business Development Program Administrator for Bucks County, PA, when a routine mammogram in January 2011 confirmed that I had stage 2 breast cancer in my left breast. Further testing at my local hospital found that the cancer had spread to all 4 quadrants of my breast.

Tijuana Smith

Breast Cancer

Tijuana Smith

Breast Cancer

I discovered a pea-sized lump in my right breast at age 36, shortly after my father died. My father had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 19, colon cancer while in his 40s, and then esophageal cancer, which took his life at age 56. After his funeral, I felt I would get cancer one day, and as the oldest of 3 siblings, I thought I would probably be first. I was right.

Linda Gottlieb

Breast Cancer

Linda Gottlieb

Breast Cancer

When Linda Gottlieb learned she had breast cancer in 2008, she sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where her husband had been successfully treated. Wanting to keep her breasts intact, Linda opted for a lumpectomy twice, but after her doctors could not declaare clear margins, she decided her only option was to have a mastectomy with reconstruction. This time, Linda's surgeons were finally able to remove all the diseased tissue. Linda has a very low chance of recurrance, and returned to work after eight weeks. After her experience with cancer, Linda encourages other women to perform breast self-exams because it saved her life.

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