Posts made in January, 2012

Maureen Corcoran

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Blog | 8 comments

Maureen Corcoran

No one knows who will be chosen to be among the one out of ten people to get breast cancer.  Unfortunately I was one of them but luckily I am here today.   This was fifteen years ago when my son, Aaron Corcoran, was in High School.   It all seems like a blur today but it was a journey I would not wish on anyone.  Thank goodness there is better treatment and drugs today BUT there needs to be a cure. Once a year I went in for my regular check up and mammogram and all was clear.  But something didn’t feel right to me.  I am a big believe in women not relying just on machines but to self-examine themselves.  I found my lump and went back to get it checked out in...

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Katy Rose

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Katy Rose

At 15 years of age I began noticing changes in my mom’s health. It kept deteriorating and no one could seem to tell us why, or find a way to help her. For over two years I watched my mom decline until she was finally hospitalized for congestive heart failure. While in the hospital they finally discovered why: she had advanced stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After seeing 3 different specialists they all came to the same conclusion – she was going to die anyway and she shouldn’t bother suffering through cancer treatments. Luckily my mom is one of the most stubborn and strong women I’ve ever known and she was not willing to give up without a...

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Shannon Kmak

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Shannon Kmak

My name is Shannon Kmak.  Last year, I signed up for the 3-Day for a Cure at the urging of my friend.  My mom and her friend had walked in 2009, and it looked like fun – why not? I remember feeling a bit guilty sending out my first fundraising letter.  I didn’t have any direct connection with breast cancer – or any cancer, for that matter.  Certainly, I had seen the effects of this disease on friends and co-workers, but when you’re removed form the day-to-day reality of treatment, you really have no idea of the true impact.  Who was I to ask people for money to support my “looks like fun” walk? Then came May 9. The day after Mother’s Day, and five days...

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Adrienne Conde

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Blog | 5 comments

Adrienne Conde

“You have breast cancer.” Could any words be scarier? The “c” word stands for certain death, doesn’t it? Yet those were the words I was hearing coming out of my surgeon’s mouth. Just two months earlier, another surgeon had stood before my husband and me in this same office and told me, “Don’t worry. Those spots are scar tissue and the lymph nodes are swollen because you are overweight. You don’t have any family history and you are too young for breast cancer. Doing an MRI can give you false positives and the lumpectomy you had a year ago showed fibro-adenomas. You have dense breasts. I really don’t think you have anything to worry about.”...

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Amy Lippincott

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Amy Lippincott

Trusting with Tracie Cancer………what a scary word! I will never forget the day my dear sweet friend Tracie called to say there was a mass on her mammogram reading. It was nothing RIGHT??? So the journey began down the dreaded cancer road. Tracie is such a trooper and a fighter! Our first visit was to the doctor to have the body scan done and with her sister we turned into a fun day with laughing and lunch! Its great to not know what you don’t know! I remember Tracie trying on wigs being brave for all of us and her hair falling out in big chunks each time she slipped that hose on and off her hair. She got a beautiful wig, her sweet mom made sure of that!...

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