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Stories of Inspiration

Stories of the fighters, believers, and survivors who've inspired us with their determination and hopeful spirit.

  • Deborah Hall: Finding Support Among Colleagues

    Breast cancer patient Deborah Hall finds calm in coworkers who help her tackle the challenges of work and cancer.

    “Why am I worrying about work, while I’m fighting for my life?”

    Deborah Hall
    Breast Cancer
  • Brandy Villere: A Mother’s Resilience

    At 33, Brandy Villere faced a breast cancer scare that nearly derailed her dreams of being a mother, until she started asking questions.

    “If I can get just one young woman to ask the right questions about her treatment and fertility options, my speaking out publicly will have been worth it.”

    Brandy Villere
    Breast Cancer
  • Christina Duhon: An Innovative Solution

    Christina Duhon didn’t expect the lump she discovered on her breast during pregnancy to be cancerous, but when she learned it was, she opted to be a part of something innovative to create a lasting impact.

    “I know it can be scary for others, but I wanted to be part of an innovative treatment, even if it wasn’t fully developed.”

    Christina Duhon
    Breast Cancer
  • Christy MacDonald: An Advocate for Early Detection

    Christy MacDonald has seen multiple generations of her family experience cancer, and fought it ferociously when she encountered the disease herself.

    “Until you’ve gone through something like cancer, you don’t realize how precious life truly is.”

    Christy MacDonald
    Breast Cancer
  • Jana King: Faith in Recovery

    Jana King had encountered lumps in her breasts before due to fibroid cysts, but never expected to go through breast cancer so close to retirement.

    “Often, you think ‘Oh, I’ll get a mammogram this year if I get around to it.’ But I have told my daughters, all of my friends, and former colleagues what I’ve discovered. Mammograms are useful. They’re important, and they can save lives.”

    Jana King
    Breast Cancer
  • Karen Thomas: Maintaining Verve and Spirit

    Now in her 70s, Karen Thomas always has been incredibly fit, and even a stage I breast cancer diagnosis couldn’t impede her active lifestyle.

    “Staying close to my routine as much as possible has made it more bearable.”

    Karen Thomas
    Breast Cancer