America's Breast Cancer Memoir
We had to break the news to her that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the hardest thing I've had to do in my whole life.

We’re devoted to empowering women through the power of storytelling to help others with breast cancer who are in need of guidance. Our Ambassadors are the best source of credible information about the issues confronting the newly diagnosed because they have already been through it.

This library serves as the first line of credible information regarding the many facets of managing a breast cancer diagnosis, physically and emotionally, as told by the women who have already been there.

Our Ambassadors and their stories enable us to create a network of women empowering women, helping the newly diagnosed navigate their breast cancer journey and better advocate for their physical and emotional health. By sharing their experiences, they offer support and knowledge, reminding others that they are not alone.

"You really should take that experience and bring it forward in your life in as positive of a way as you can."
"If you have any reservations about anybody on your medical team, go out and find somebody else."
"It's a healing process for sure. It's about sharing a story with someone else. That's what builds the fabric of our lives. It's that connection."
"But the more tests they did, the more lesions they found. So although it was a difficult decision, I knew that I needed to have a double mastectomy."
"When you tell people you have cancer their faces drop. 'Oh, I'm so sorry.' No, don't go there. You don't have to be sorry for me."
"Your sense of humor changes. It becomes breast cancer humor. We laugh about stuff."
"I think you're always afraid of how you're going to feel if it happens again. What if I have a recurrence?"
"I look back and I think that it just seemed like it would take a really long time and it's really just a small part of so much more life that we have."
"I hate that word survivor. I do not just want to survive, I want to thrive. Reconstruction is part of thriving."
"It's the best sorority with the worst initiation"
"I've come face-to-face with my mortality and I realize that life is short. I've got to live it to the fullest. That's the gift. That insight. That's the gift."
"You could so easily be taken under by it, until the day you wake up and you say "I'm fighting back." And it's not happening this way."
"I found a lump myself. It was very small. I had been doing regular monthly breast exams. A couple of days later they confirmed it was breast cancer."
"Even though my body feels weak, I'm obviously fatigued, I just have an inner strength that I didn't have before."
Coming to terms with the fact that I had to do chemotherapy was emotionally hard. That's the part that I was the most scared about, but you just do it day by day and you get through it.
"I'll never forget that day... I was diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma."
"When you care about somebody, you're not going to let them do it alone."
"Finding out you have a BRCA gene mutation is a gift. As bad as it is, it is a gift because it's knowledge. You can change the possibilities of what could happen."
"There is still no explanation. That may be the thing that haunts me the most. I don't know why I got breast cancer."
"Even if we did have the BRCA gene, so what? We still have beautiful lives."
"It takes great strength to lean on other people and to allow other people to be strong for you."
"I think that Internet research can be very confusing. I think that people have to remember that everything that's written isn't necessarily true."
Ambassador Social 2015