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Regina

My name is Regina and I have been dealing with lumps on my breasts for 30 years. Finally on January 19, 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I heard about The Breast Cancer Charities of America through a friend who is also a cancer patient. I feel blessed that my rent was paid for so I could focus on my treatments and my emotional well being. The stress of my finances has been tough. I remain hopeful and look forward to seeing more days thanks to God, my family, my friends, great doctors, and The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

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Kelly

My name is Kelly Fleming, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on Dec 27, 2012. I had surgery to remove the lump on my right breast on Jan 4th of 2013. After surgery I started with 8 chemo treatments on Feb 14t. I also had radiation everyday for six weeks and finished on August 5th of 2013.

I am not able to do much like I used to, like taking long walks, my body aches due to chemo side effects. But I am proud of myself that I am able to go to work for couple of days a week then rest during the treatments.

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Elaine

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 which reoccurred in 2013, then I decided to have a mastectomy. The Breast Cancer Charities of America was there for me, eliminating the worry of paying my living expenses so I could focus on getting well. I feel blessed to have had their support as well as the support of my family.

I want to be an encouragement to anyone living with breast cancer. Breast Cancer today is not a death sentence, I know because I’ve celebrated my five year CANCERversary.

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Sheila

My name is Sheila Rusk and I had been quite confident that cancer would never affect me for no one in my family had ever had cancer. We are “heart attack” people! And what made me so sure of this? Misinformation. My retention about Cancer has always been that it is inherited. I had a bought will basal cell carcinoma on my skin in the past, but I felt that was due to my natural red hair, light complexion and my love for the tanning booth in my twenties! When I was called by the radiology department to come back for a biopsy of my breast, I was shocked. After a second biopsy I was panicking. I by chance was in the presence of my new acquaintance Kari with iGoPink.

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Theresa

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the beginning of January 2013. I completed chemo December 2013. I am a survivor!

During my treatments I encountered so many changes and challenges. One of the hardest things was losing my hair and being hospitalized for a blood clot. Paying bills became harder on my husband and Ias I could not work. I had almost given up hope and then my social worker informed me of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. I received help and was able to go forward.

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Tonya

In January 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks later, my baby brother who had been in the Army for almost 16 years committed suicide. This was an extremely devastating time for me and my family. I was always one to donate to breast cancer awareness programs but, never truly understood what these people were going through until now. Immediately I expected the worst but, was due to the support of organizations like The Breast Cancer Charities of America I made it through! I am now two years cancer free and counting. I am so very blessed.

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