1 in 8 women (13%) in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime (American Cancer Society). The mission of SurviveHER is to educate women about breast cancer awareness, detection, prevention and the power of survivorship.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a group of diseases in which cells in breast tissue change and divide uncontrolled, typically resulting in a lump or mass. Most breast cancers begin in the lobules (milk glands) or in the ducts that connect the lobules to the nipple.
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
Breast cancer typically has no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated, which is why screening is important for early detection. The most common physical sign is a painless lump. Sometimes breast cancer spreads to underarm lymph nodes and causes a lump or swelling, even before the original breast tumor is large enough to be felt. Less common signs and symptoms include breast pain or heaviness; persistent changes, such as swelling, thickening, or redness of the skin; and nipple changes, such as spontaneous discharge (especially if bloody), scaliness, or retraction. Any persistent change in the breast should be evaluated by a physician.
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“I was diagnosed in Feb 2019 with Stage 0 DCIS at age 40. It was my very first mammogram. In April of 2019, I had a double mastectomy with TRAM Flap reconstruction. I am now Cancer-free! A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Early detection is key! It saves lives! My breast cancer diagnosis made me realize that I was simply going through life and not living life. I am now present in every moment of my life with my husband and kids (ages 7 and 12), I do not take these moments for granted! I am now more spontaneous and grateful for the little things in life! #surThriver!”
“I am a relatively healthy woman with no family history of breast cancer who has now had two cancer diagnoses. I am not writing this for shock or commiseration because that is NOT my jam. My experience is a testimony, and I’m ready to share that fact boldly and be a resource for others. And I want to remind us all that everyone is going through something. It can be BIG or small, but trust me, something is always there.”
“To say that I am 12+ years breast cancer-free is an understatement yet a testimony to God’s promise. Breast Cancer has allowed me to never look at the world the same way again because I can always find joy in a jam!
Today, I thrive to uplift, encourage, spread love, light, and PositiviTEA. When God told me, “Be still and know that I am God,” I honored his voice and can extend that all assuring message to those who will involuntarily join this sisterhood. I thank God for the experience, albeit challenge because it allows me to live a life of greater purpose and intentionality. I am a #surThriver!”
Dr. Jacque Colbert
“Thank God that when I detected that lump that just didn’t feel right, I went to the doctor. My cancer was diagnosed at an early stage. Ladies, (and gentlemen) self-detection saves lives! Be an advocate for your health. 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer! This is a staggering statistic! Today, I am doing very well! I have healed from multiple surgeries without any complications and withstood the strongest chemotherapies with minimal side effects. But God! I am blessed.”
Lori Scott Wyatt
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