Stories about breast cancer that can inspire and inform

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Pillars of Hope

Jaya Kataria’s son, Rishi, was just 13 when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. After watching her perseverance in the face of her illness, Rishi knew he wanted to give back to the breast cancer community, which is when he launched Pillars of Hope and began making candles to raise money to support Susan G. Komen’s mission to end breast cancer forever.

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs Episode 9 – New Frontiers in Early ER-Positive Breast Cancer 

Researchers are exploring new frontiers in early estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients. People with early ER+ breast cancer often see favorable outcomes from their treatment, but once treatment is done, many face the fear of not knowing if their cancer will come back.

VIPink: Empowering change through ambassador fundraising

For community leaders motivated to help end breast cancer, Susan G. Komen’s ambassador fundraising programs offer dedicated supporters a chance to engage with their networks to fundraise in support of Komen. This story highlights the journeys of three of Komen’s dedicated supporters who inspired others to give back and make a meaningful impact in the fight to end breast cancer.

Valerie’s Story: Listen to Your Body

The feeling that something was wrong with her body nagged at Valerie. She was active and overall very healthy. “I think people thought I was crazy, but I had this constant inner feeling that I had cancer,” she recalled. She was 34 and had no family history of breast cancer. And yet the feeling just kept tugging at her, so she chose to listen to her body. “I knew something wasn’t right,” she said. “I’ve always been very healthy. I believe it’s important to connect with your mind and body.”

Tammy’s Story: From Day One, My Nurse Navigator Was an Important Part of My Team

For someone newly diagnosed or in the midst of treatment, Tammy recommends reaching out to a navigator. “They’ve been across from someone in your shoes many times. They’ve held the hands of women and men with breast cancer and are there to guide you. If I had trouble getting an appointment, my nurse navigator stepped in,” she said.