Maintaining Hope
I'm at the end of this story and I'm feeling better than I've felt in a very long time and it just keeps getting better.

At this time, there are close to 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone. There is much reason for hope. Breast cancer, when caught early, is a very curable, very treatable disease. Incredible advances have been made in the fields of surgery, oncology, radiation and pharmaceuticals.

One day you're going to feel really, really good. You're going to have your energy. You're going to love life. You're going to listen to the radio and dance. Life's going to be good again. That's why I'm here. I want people to know that. I want women to know that. -- Liana M.

Today, breast reconstruction, in the hands of skilled surgeons, has the ability to leave women feeling whole and more beautiful than ever before. When a woman is first diagnosed, it is hard to see beyond the hill to climb, the journey seems all encompassing, and the challenge daunting. It’s hard to imagine that there will come a day when you will be “okay” again. Our Ambassadors are here to share their stories of hope and inspire others with their experiences to remind women to focus on the future and the promise of living beyond breast cancer.

"How you approach a cancer diagnosis is probably similar to how you approach any other hardship in your life."
"It makes you think about all of the great things in this day."
"We need to speak out about our wellness after cancer."
"Remember to breathe and focus on everyday and moving forward."
"I hate the word survivor. Who wants to just survive? I am determined to thrive."
"You'll get through it."
"You have to look on the bright side of everything. Hopefully I'll be stronger to face other things down the road."
"In the beginning, you don't think there will ever be a day you don't think about it. It just takes time."