Mothers are the centers of her family’s universe. When your mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it changes your life in many ways. Not only does it impact you and your risk for developing breast cancer, but it also leaves an emotional scar that can be profound and lifelong. A family history of breast cancer changes your perspective, deepens your appreciation, and, unfortunately, increases your risk. Having a mother diagnosed with breast cancer teaches you that life is short and it should be lived to the fullest. You also learn the value of regular breast cancer screening, early detection and BRCA genetic testing. The goal is to enjoy life today, plan for tomorrow, assess your risk, and advocate for your own breast health.