Stacy Hobbs
Adams
Eurith Long EmersonEurith Long Emerson
Eurith Long Emerson
Adams
Joyce Felton
Allegheny
Annette MoranAnnette Moran
Annette Moran
Allegheny
Diane Matthews
Allegheny
Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR
Allegheny
Karen Lindsay
Allegheny
Michelle Beck
Allegheny
Nancy Forringer CopeNancy Forringer Cope
Amy Wolfe Shoenfelt, Sharon Forringer Wolfe, Nancy Forringer Cope
Armstrong
Tracey Patton
Beaver
Vera Beegle
Bedford
Aubrey Morgart
Bedford
Pat LangiottiPat Langiotti
Patricia Langiotti
Berks
Pamela Lochman
Berks
James Brooks
Berks
Roberta Albany
Berks
Beth McCahren
Blair
Gloria Smouse
Blair
Heather VailHeather Vail
Heather Vail
Bradford
Patti Kostrubiak
Bucks
Leslie ThomasLeslie Thomas
Leslie Thomas
Bucks
Denise Dupe
Butler
Lisa Klenoshek
Butler
Liz Wertz EvansLiz Wertz Evans
Elizabeth Wertz Evans
Butler
Cheryl GrossCheryl Gross
Cheryl Gross
Cambria
Twila AldenTwila Alden
Twila Alden
Cameron
Gloria Ferri
Carbon
Barbara Palmer and Mimi Barash Coppersmith
Centre
Tammy Miller
Centre
Mardi Lowry McDonoughMardi Lowry McDonough
Mardi Lowry McDonough
Centre
Marjorie Miller
Centre
Scarlett Gibbs
Chester
Felicia EgglestonFelicia Eggleston
Felicia Eggleston
Chester
Clarion HospitalClarion Hospital
Clarion Hospital
Clarion
Pamela Zahoran
Clarion
Paula Wolbert
Clarion
Mary Murphy
Clearfield
Janice Maloney
Clearfield
Mary Shon
Clinton
Kelly Bulla
Columbia
Donna Kullen
Crawford
Kathy Clarke
Cumberland
Diane Funston
Cumberland
Kristy Bush
Cumberland
Joyce AsheJoyce Ashe
Joyce Ashe
Dauphin
Patricia Thomas
Dauphin
RoxAnne PhillipsRoxAnne Phillips
RoxAnne Phillips
Dauphin
Virginia Milewski
Dauphin
Gail BishopGail Bishop
Gail Bishop
Dauphin
Elizabeth RiveraElizabeth Rivera
Elizabeth Rivera
Dauphin
Annmarie Kaiser
Dauphin
Adrienne Fox-Miniman
Delaware
Yvonne McLean FlorenceYvonne McLean Florence
Yvonne McLean Florence
Delaware
Betsy HealyBetsy Healy
Martha (Betsy) Healy
Elk
Mary RizzoneMary Rizzone
Mary Rizzone
Erie
Elisa GuidaElisa Guida
Elisa Guida
Erie
Angela Janosky
Erie
Nadean SitterNadean Sitter
Linked By Pink
Erie
Jaynette Brown
Fayette
Bette Walters
Forest
Sharon SimsSharon Sims
Sharon Sims
Franklin
Linda GoldenLinda Golden
Linda Golden
Franklin
Molly Lutton
Franklin
Darlene GressDarlene Gress
Darlene Gress
Fulton
Bonnie Riffle
Greene
Debra MillerDebra Miller
Debra Miller
Huntingdon
Maria Swinconis, Mary Waugaman, Dorothy Klyap
Indiana
Elizabeth Peffer
Indiana
Sharon Stewart
Jefferson
Deb Parson
Juniata
Lisa Buskey
Juniata
Lea MahoskiLea Mahoski
Lea Mahoski
Lackawanna
Rebecca Barrett
Lackawanna
Alice Sanders
Lancaster
Nicole Shaffer
Lancaster
Theresa SkaggsTheresa Skaggs
Theresa Skaggs
Lancaster
Rita Smith-Wade-El
Lancaster
Jacqueline Hart
Lancaster
Christine Lalama
Lawrence
Becky Baldwin, Vicki GingrichBecky Baldwin, Vicki Gingrich
Becky Baldwin and Vicki Gingrich
Lebanon
Jessica Allen
Lebanon
Amanda MusserAmanda Musser
Amanda Musser
Lebanon
Shelly MixShelly Mix
Shelly Mix
Lebanon
Debbie Freer
Lebanon
Robin LysekRobin Lysek
Robin Lysek
Lehigh
Lauren Kay Giguere
Lehigh
Beverly Hernandez
Luzerne
Susan Albert
Lycoming
Crystal Gansell-Whitcomb
Lycoming
Audrey BeckesAudrey Beckes
Audrey Beckes
McKean
Brandy Moore
Mercer
Mercer County Support GroupMercer County Support Group
Mercer County Support Group
Mercer
Taylor FultzTaylor Fultz
Taylor Fultz
Mifflin
Monroe County Support Group
Monroe
Kelli Mercurio and Vivian Vega
Monroe
Sherrie GrastySherrie Grasty
Sherrie Grasty
Montgomery
Mihyung MurrayMihyung Murray
Mihyung Murray
Montgomery
Linda FalcoLinda Falco
Linda Falco
Montgomery
Kerri Connor MatchettKerri Connor Matchett
Kerri Conner Matchett
Montgomery
Michelle KeeferMichelle Keefer
Michelle Keefer
Montour
Kathy Kucheruck
Northampton
Susan WolfSusan Wolf
Susan Wolf
Northampton
Cheryl DelsiteCheryl Delsite
Cheryl Delsite
Northumerland
Helen MichenerHelen Michener
Helen Michener
Perry
Judi BlueJudi Blue
Judi Blue
Philadelphia
Sarita Jordan
Philadelphia
Leslie StilesLeslie Stiles
Leslie Stiles
Philadelphia
Cheryl LittleCheryl Little
Cheryle Little
Philadelphia
Dee Burrell
Philadelphia
Peggy Billadello
Pike
Donell Villa Ayers
Potter
Sisters In Pink
Schuylkill
Merrie Parker
Snyder
Michelle Kephart
Somerset
Mary BarnoskyMary Barnosky
Mary Barnosky
Sullivan
Celia Warner
Susquehanna
Wendy Nason
Tioga
Frances Blatchley
Union
Julie Rockey
Union
Christina WeidleChristina Weidle
Christina Weidle
Venango
Crystal Heenan
Warren
Constance Zaffino
Warren
Crystal Heenan
Warren
Joanne Bonazza
Washington
Diane Sewchok
Washington
Crystal Fidazzo
Washington County
Melissa Rickard
Wayne
Connie Tamewitz
Westmoreland
Carol Gaylord
Wyoming
Lisa Amspacher
York
Carmella PaianiCarmella Paiani
Carmella Paiani
York
Amber Shaw
York
Karen Jury
York
Beverly Mackereth
York
Adams
Stacy Hobbs
Diagnosed at age 35
I believe in God. I believe in my family & friends. I believe there will be a cure in my lifetime. I believe cancer has given me more than it has taken away. I believe my life has a purpose. I believe I must be my own advocate. I believe treatment options should be available to all patients. I believe a strong medical team you have faith in is critical. I believe in Believe Big which supports mistletoe therapy.

Deceased 2015
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Eurith Long Emerson
Adams
Eurith Long Emerson
Diagnosed at age 32
I have been featured with my most incredible sister, Diana Whisler, who lost her earthly battle March 1, 2015. She now rests in the arms of Jesus and I will continue her legacy as a fighter. She fought the battle of metastatic breast cancer for 15 years. I have been a survivor for 23 years and for that I am grateful!
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Allegheny
Joyce Felton
Diagnosed at age 40
Some people with a history of cancer are called cancer survivors or survivors. I am not just a survivor, "I am a keeper of hope."
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Annette Moran
Allegheny
Annette Moran
Diagnosed at age 43
My first round of cancer, I prayed to see my daughter through college. My second bout of cancer, I said to my daughter, "Maybe I should have prayed for marriage and children." This picture is of my daughter, Lauren, and I getting ready for her wedding…We serve a faithful GOD!
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Allegheny
Diane Matthews
Diagnosed at age 52
Cancer was a blessing for me because it revealed my strength, and taught me about YOU, co-survivors, who helped me survive. There are three lessons that I learned that I would like you to remember: 1. Cancer PROFOUNDLY affects Co-Survivors. 2. Don't be afraid to ask a cancer patient how they are doing. 3. Co-Survivors are truly amazing! Your support, caring, and thoughtfulness are the best medicines in the world.
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Allegheny
Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR
Diagnosed at age 53
Every woman should have the information they need to make informed choices about their breast health.  My mother had breast cancer at 55 and my aunt died from breast cancer after diagnosis at age 40. Due to my family history and because I have dense breasts, I opted for additional screening after my mammogram; as a radiologist, I know the limitations of mammography in dense breasts. After a “normal” mammogram and tomosynthesis, I had screening MRI that detected an early stage breast cancer.  I want every woman to have the necessary information to make informed choices about screening and whether or not mammography alone is sufficient. I have co-developed an educational website, www.DenseBreast-info.org to provide such information.
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Allegheny
Karen Lindsay
Diagnosed at age 35
As a single mother with a diagnosis of breast cancer, I was absolutely overwhelmed with the news. I was fortunate to have a team of wonderful doctors that for the most part were able to calm my fears and help me make it through the process. I still feel those fears every time I go for an annual check-up, but as the years go by I find they are easier to handle. I wish that PBCC had been in existence earlier for the support they offer to those dealing with breast cancer today.
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Allegheny
Michelle Beck
Every day that brings a new challenge, you adapt and overcome. There is no other choice but to continue, survive, and live.
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Nancy Forringer Cope
Armstrong
Amy Wolfe Shoenfelt, Sharon Forringer Wolfe, Nancy Forringer Cope
We three had DNA testing and the results were inconclusive. We are not in any groupings (i.e., BRCA1 or BRCA2). However, we are all survivors and that's what counts.
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Beaver
Tracey Patton
Diagnosed at age 36
This obstacle has given me a very different outlook on life and family. With the support of loved ones and God, we get through these battles. Now I am a much stronger person.
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Bedford
Vera Beegle
Diagnosed at age 36
I had a radical mastectomy in the year of 1967. I stayed in the hospital for 13 days and had radiation capsules put in me after surgery. My husband and family were with me all the way which was a great support. So never give up, fight it with determination, and look up to God for strength and you will make it.
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Bedford
Aubrey Morgart
Diagnosed at age 31
I remember my mom calling me while I was living away from home and telling me she had breast cancer. Eleven years later I couldn’t believe I was hearing those same words; although this time it was me. I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. Chemo, radiation, and two surgeries over the course of 18 months and I'm finally getting back to normal. I knew then, like I know now, I will never let cancer beat me!
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Pat Langiotti
Berks
Patricia Langiotti
Diagnosed at age 54
Love for all the women and girls in my life is what drives me to support the PBCC. For my birthday, I ask friends and family to make a donation in my name instead of buying me a gift. Now, more than ten years later, the circle of support from friends and family continues to be very strong. Here's to life after breast cancer AND to finding a cure!
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Berks
Pamela Lochman
Diagnosed at age 47
"She is clothed in Strength and Dignity and laughs without fear of the future." - Proverbs 31:25
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Berks
James Brooks
Diagnosed at age 60
"Whether you are a mother or a father, a wife or a husband, a daughter or a son, a niece or a nephew, or an aunt or an uncle, breast cancer does NOT discriminate." - Stephanie McMahon
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Berks
Roberta Albany
I clearly remember exactly what I was doing on December 19, 2013 when I heard those dreaded words; Ms. Albany I'm sorry to inform you that you have Breast Cancer. I was devastated to say the least. I was diagnosed with Stage IIB, Estrogen Positive, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. When life throws you lemons you make lemonade out of your situation and I did just that through advocacy.
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Blair
Beth McCahren
Diagnosed at age 49
You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
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Blair
Gloria Smouse
Diagnosed at age 41
Being diagnosed with breast cancer turned out to be one of the easier things I've dealt with in my life. Hearing my daughter's diagnosis was much, much harder. I had been through much of what she was facing, and that's the first time I ever asked "Why?"
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Heather Vail
Bradford
Heather Vail
Diagnosed at age 64
As a nurse, I actively encourage patients and friends to do a monthly breast self-exam and get their annual mammograms. Late December 2005, I almost postponed my mammogram due to an upcoming trip. Thankfully, I didn't procrastinate and kept my appointment. In January 2006, I had surgery for early breast cancer.
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Bucks
Patti Kostrubiak
Diagnosed at age 39
I was diagnosed at the age of 39. Having a positive attitude is everything. I took one day at a time, one treatment at a time. I make the most of each day and I am so thankful for all of the blessings I have.
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Leslie Thomas
Bucks
Leslie Thomas
Diagnosed at age 48
Through my journey I realized the little girl I raised had become a phenomenal woman! My strength, my courage, my inspiration, my heart…my daughter.
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Butler
Denise Dupe
Diagnosed at age 40
I always say that my cancer was God's way of testing me to see how strong I am. Guess what? I passed the test! On February 10, 2015 I will be 10 years cancer free.
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Butler
Lisa Klenoshek
Diagnosed at age 41
My wife Lisa has been a true inspiration to me, my daughter, family and friends. Once diagnosed, she did not waver one bit. She learned about this dreaded disease that strikes so many and maintained a confidence and fight that I never could have. Her attitude to beat this won the hearts of many people and she is now cancer free and has done everything possible to reduce the recurrence of her cancer. She is my love and I thank God every day that I still have her. - Bill, husband
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Liz Wertz Evans
Butler
Elizabeth Wertz Evans
Diagnosed at age 53
I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer on 09/02/09, my youngest daughter's 17th birthday. I had a lumpectomy with a repeat lumpectomy one week later because the initial margins were not clean. I then had radiation treatments until 12/23/09. On 6/2/14 my oncologist told me the breast cancer had metastasized to my liver, was considered Stage IV, and gave me two years to live. I have had 8 months of chemo so far.
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Cheryl Gross
Cambria
Cheryl Gross
Diagnosed at age 54
Every day is a blessing. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 54. Then at the age of 58, I was diagnosed with cancer of the sternum. Without the love and support of my family, friends, and co-workers I never could have kept my positive attitude.
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Twila Alden
Cameron
Twila Alden
Diagnosed at age 55
I was amazed at my fast recovery. I had no treatments. I got positive support from doctors, nurses, family and friends.
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Carbon
Gloria Ferri
Diagnosed at age 59
Everything seems much more important and I am thankful for each day!
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Centre
Barbara Palmer and Mimi Barash Coppersmith
We are ever grateful as survivors and living a full life inspiring others to work together to find the cure. We have come a long way together, let's do more!
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Centre
Tammy Miller
Diagnosed at age 42
A cancer diagnosis can make you feel like your whole life is spinning. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you do control how you respond, and this can be empowering. Ask questions, be informed and understand that you have choices. It is one step at a time!
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Mardi Lowry McDonough
Centre
Mardi Lowry McDonough
Diagnosed at age 46
As a one year breast cancer survivor, I am a proud member of a group of women who have fought a long, difficult and life-changing battle. It is clear to me that although I am only one in this much too large group of women, we are strong in our determination and faith. My family and friends are warriors right along with me!
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Centre
Marjorie Miller
Diagnosed at age 26
Being diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age and while planning my wedding taught me that life is precious and shouldn't be taken for granted. We must live passionately and with purpose, we must appreciate the little moments, and we must live now. We must make the most of what we're given every single day. I learned there is life after breast cancer and now is the time to live it.
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Chester
Scarlett Gibbs
Diagnosed at age 36
I live each day to the fullest as though it is my last. I talk to the Lord every day and ask Him to tell the day to be kind to me. Nothing is more pleasant than family and friends. One person can make a difference, and every person should try.
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Felicia Eggleston
Chester
Felicia Eggleston
Diagnosed at age 53
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010. My first surgery was a lumpectomy in January 2011. After that procedure and the tissue tested, it was discovered that cancer was in my lymph nodes. With this new information, I opted for a mastectomy which was performed in February 2011. As of today, I am 4 years cancer free!
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Clarion Hospital
Clarion
Clarion Hospital
Paula Cotherman (56), Kathryn Fiscus (68), Barbara Garland (53), Fern Gourley (80), Holly Gourley (31), Althea Haight (70), Marian Heasley (72), Carol Kiser (40), Karla Loll (57), Dawn Lumadue (49), Shirley Matthews (75), Cindy Mays (45),
Paula McCanna (43), Molly Reed (52), Deb Roberston (56), Karen Rowan (48), Judy Runyan (75), Kathy Scarpaci (63),
Margie Small (60), Lois Smith (79), Alicia Troesch (49), Jaunice Vega (37), Jeannie Wagner (68), Martha Wagner (67),
Paula Wolbert (53), Pamela Zahoran (50)

*Ages indicate age of disagnosis
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Clarion
Pamela Zahoran
Diagnosed at age 50
"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." - Stuart Scott
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Clarion
Paula Wolbert
Diagnosed at age 53
Finding out I had breast cancer in 2013 was a big shock to me and my family. It changed my life. Everything is so different to me. I live every day to the fullest. I enjoy my family and my grandchildren so much. The Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital was wonderful. The girls and Dr. Luderer were like family to me. They are so caring and good about helping you.
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Clearfield
Mary Murphy
Diagnosed at age 48
Breast cancer changed my life in that now I value life much more. I take responsibility for my own health. The grace of God has allowed me to use my experiences to help others and to glorify His name. Give thanks to God and live every day to the fullest.

Deceased 2010
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Clearfield
Janice Maloney
Diagnosed at age 47
God has a plan for you. At times the road may be bumpy, but he will take you to your destiny.
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Clinton
Mary Shon
Diagnosed at age 47
I was diagnosed at age 47 and the cancer returned three times after that. It went from my breast to my hips, to my spine and now my pelvis. You must remember to stay strong, fight and pray. I keep busy knitting and crafting. I am still here, so never give up.
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Columbia
Kelly Bulla
Diagnosed at age 45
"Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts, it's what you do with what you have left." - Hubert Humphrey
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Crawford
Donna Kullen
Diagnosed at age 37
People say that I had a great attitude in my fight against breast cancer but the real heroes in my story were my supporters - my family, my friends, my doctors and nurses, my co-workers, and even some people that I never met. Their acts of kindness lifted me up every single day and showed me what life is really about. I am a better person because of them.
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Cumberland
Kathy Clarke
Diagnosed at age 36
Having a diagnosis of breast cancer makes you aware of how much the little things in life matter. The one little thing that meant so much to me during treatment was reading books to my little boys at bedtime. Take time to cherish these moments with your loved ones!
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Cumberland
Diane Funston
Diagnosed at age 42
Breast cancer is traumatic and life changing. Facing breast cancer involves fear, distress, courage and hope. Armed with knowledge, a positive attitude and a will to survive we can prevail, overcome and even triumph. My message is that we are all in this together. I owe my energy and devotion to those who follow me with this disease.
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Cumberland
Kristy Bush
Diagnosed at age 40
I am very proud to say that I am a breast cancer survivor! I was diagnosed in 2012 at the age of 40 with triple-negative, high grade ductal carcinoma. After months of chemotherapy I underwent bilateral mastectomies in 2013. In May I will be celebrating 2 years of being cancer free and living life to the absolute fullest! Go Pink!!
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Joyce Ashe
Dauphin
Joyce Ashe
Diagnosed at age 49
I will always remember Good Friday, April 2, 2010. After a week-long fast and going to the noon service at my church, Day Spring Ministries in Middletown PA, I had to meet with my oncologist at the Penn State Hershey Breast Center to get the results of my biopsy. It might sound strange that I felt that the news I was given was good because I was not only told that I had breast cancer but that I was fortunate that my cancer was in the early stage and very treatable. I began to praise the Lord as I processed the diagnosis. I understood that God didn't have to reveal it to me at a time when it was best treatable. I could have been misdiagnosed and the outcome could have been much worse. I had faith that if God brought me through this, He will have a new ministry for my life. Today I love spending time with my family, serving in my church, attending PBCC events in order to learn more about the disease, sharing knowledge with others about the progress, research and resources available today and being an advocate to newly diagnosed women as well as survivors. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." Luke 12:48
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Dauphin
Patricia Thomas
Diagnosed at age 57
I keep my head to the sky and thank God every day for sparing my life. I am a very positive woman who believes that maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on helping and loving people makes the world a better place. Give love away as much as you can.
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RoxAnne Phillips
Dauphin
RoxAnne Phillips
Diagnosed at age 52
There is light at the end of every tunnel, you just have to keep moving.
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Dauphin
Virginia Milewski
Diagnosed at age 46
Life is full of infinite possibilities! I live life to the fullest and always remember that there are others who have it worse than I do.
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Gail Bishop
Dauphin
Gail Bishop
Diagnosed at age 42
I am honored to be representing Dauphin County as a 30 year BCA survivor. At age 42, I went through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. I will forever feel blessed for my oncology team headed by Dr. Harold A. Harvey at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. I lost my mother to breast cancer and my sister to ovarian cancer. Later, I was tested and found to have the BRCA 2 gene. So far, with one still left to be tested, our descendants have all tested negative. During my treatment and recovery, the Milton Hershey School admitted and cared for my children. I am most appreciative and grateful to the school. It is the true meaning of a community coming together to help.
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Elizabeth Rivera
Dauphin
Elizabeth Rivera
Diagnosed at age 14
I believe in the power of faith. I consider myself very blessed in life. I live in the present. I dream of the future. I wake up grateful for each day. I go to bed thankful every night. I pray for a cure! I am a survivor!
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Dauphin
Annmarie Kaiser
Diagnosed at age 39
Although getting a cancer diagnosis is challenging, it is also a learning experience. You learn that you are strong, courageous and resilient.
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Delaware
Adrienne Fox-Miniman
Diagnosed at age 40
I am a 25 year breast cancer survivor. Not only do I have the BRCA1 gene, I also have three sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters. Life is good. Every day I count my blessings. I am hopeful that some researcher will find a why to inactivate the gene. I suggest keeping a positive attitude to reduce stress. Life is good.
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Yvonne McLean Florence
Delaware
Yvonne McLean Florence
Diagnosed at age 50
I was diagnosed with breast cancer two months after celebrating my 50th birthday. At the time, I did not know what to say, how to feel or what was expected of me. After meeting with the oncologist and the breast surgeon, my life would take an unexpected detour that no one could have prepared me for. I am a SURVIVOR however breast cancer has impacted every aspect of my life.
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Betsy Healy
Elk
Martha (Betsy) Healy
Diagnosed at age 26
Prayers and positive thinking can carry one through even the hardest situations in life. I am blessed and very lucky to have family and friends who helped me through my breast cancer. I thank God every day that I was given the opportunity to continue my life and be with all who helped me. To this day I work hard to help people keep their positive attitudes and never give up. After 35 years of being cancer-free, I know it has helped others know there is life after cancer.
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Mary Rizzone
Erie
Mary Rizzone
Diagnosed at age 52
My inspiration comes from Frank Keith's poem "Imperfect Beauty." The rift in the chest of the mountain, the twist in the trunk of the tree, the water-cut cave in the hollow, the rough rocky rim of the sea. Each one has a scar of distortion, yet each has a sermon to sing, the presence of what would deface me, has made me a beautiful thing.
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Elisa Guida
Erie
Elisa Guida
Diagnosed at age 40
No lump with either the first or second diagnosis made me an advocate for early detection and also inspired me to start the StringsforaCURE® Foundation. A jeweler by trade, my love for making jewelry and music intersected. Famous musicians donate their used guitar strings and I create unique pieces of jewelry as one way to fund raise for my charity which provides education, comfort, support and financial assistance directly to those who are battling breast cancer.
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Erie
Angela Janosky
Diagnosed at age 35
Surround yourself with positivity, don't forget to laugh (create a giggle-point everyday!), be appreciative of the day you have been blessed with.
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Nadean Sitter
Erie
Linked By Pink
The overwhelming fear at hearing the diagnosis was defeated by the strength and determination I found by taking control of my path. I am so grateful to my family and friends for all of their love and support. I can't overstate the importance of getting into a support group with other breast cancer survivors. In "Linked by Pink" we celebrate and grieve together. - Nadean Sitter
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Fayette
Jaynette Brown
Diagnosed at age 54
When I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer I did not know what to do and called the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and received my Friends Like Me package and read everything in it. There is so much to learn about breast cancer and this package was my starting point. I hope everyone that has breast cancer takes advantage of this wonderful package that comes in the mail.
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Forest
Bette Walters
Diagnosed at age 45
Always remember, the Lord asks us to deal with only as much as He knows we can handle.
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Sharon Sims
Franklin
Sharon Sims
Diagnosed at age 53
Life is lived through the smiles and laughs you share. Life is measured by the memories you make.
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Linda Golden
Franklin
Linda Golden
Diagnosed at age 62
Early detection saved my life, so my friends and I organized Ride the Trail to a Cure to put a face on this disease and to encourage women to do self-examinations and have mammograms. We know this trail has an end and that end is a cure.
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Franklin
Molly Lutton
Diagnosed at age 33
Breast cancer is pervasive. It doesn't discriminate and is merciless. I lost my mother-in-law to inflammatory breast cancer in January of 2013. That same year my mother died after a 17-year battle with metastatic breast cancer in December. Just three months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer, 33 years old, 30 weeks pregnant with our fourth baby. Several surgeries, and chemotherapy with a newborn, and with much love and support I did it.
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Darlene Gress
Fulton
Darlene Gress
Diagnosed at age 61
Inflammatory breast cancer, never heard of it until I was diagnosed with it in Jan. 2013. Women are not educated about inflammatory breast cancer and what to look for. Often misdiagnosed as a rash in the beginning, by the time you realize you have it, it is already a stage 3 cancer and has to be treated aggressively. I am currently cancer-free.
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Greene
Bonnie Riffle
Diagnosed at age 56
Early detection is the key. I was determined to beat this cancer. Along the way, I found a deeper faith and relationship with God and He saved my life. My family also was a wonderful support system. I didn't know that I had this much inner strength. Ladies and men, get those mammograms!
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Debra Miller
Huntingdon
Debra Miller
Diagnosed at age 52
By the grace of God and the support of my daughter Abigail and husband Bob, I have made it through breast cancer. I keep busy knitting. Each day is what we make of it. Cancer isn't a death sentence. Watch the sunrise. Thank God He has brought you this far. Do something productive today. Watch the sunset. Thank God for the day and another tomorrow.
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Indiana
Maria Swinconis, Mary Waugaman, Dorothy Klyap
I had a mastectomy 12 years ago. I believe you should pay attention to your body and do something about any changes you notice in your breasts. Also trust your oncologist. He will help you. - Maria

As a two-time breast cancer survivor by the age of 37, I like to use my experience to bring awareness and support to other young women. I am thankful for every day. - Mary

Mammograms: what saved my life. I can't stress enough to women to PLEASE go get them done. God has been good to me. Thanks to everyone that stood behind me. - Dorothy
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Indiana
Elizabeth Peffer
Diagnosed at age 41
Being diagnosed with cancer has been a life-altering experience. I realized how important family and friends are. I try to live each day to the fullest and am happy for every tomorrow that I have.
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Jefferson
Sharon Stewart
Diagnosed at age 51
In a way, having breast cancer was a blessing because it taught me to seek new experiences and adventures in every day. I'm not wasting time anymore!
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Juniata
Deb Parson
Diagnosed at age 45
At the time of my cancer diagnosis, my daughter Eliza was only four years old. Even then she participated in many breast cancer awareness activities with me and has continued to do so throughout her teenage years. We are pictured here celebrating at her high school's "Pink-Out" football game.
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Juniata
Lisa Buskey
Diagnosed at age 37
I remember getting the call on August 1, 2008 at work and thinking "my daughter is only 3, what will she do without her mother?" From that point on, the only thing that mattered to me was fight and don't stop, this is for Macy. So two mastectomies, chemo, reconstruction, my ovaries taken and lots of long talks with God, I am happy to say I am here with my beautiful girl, Macy Mae, who is now 10. My motto when I was going through hell was pain is good! It's better than the alternative of not being here. So stay positive and live your life and never miss a beat. God has a plan for each of us.
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Lea Mahoski
Lackawanna
Lea Mahoski
Diagnosed at age 43
I was diagnosed with stage 1, triple negative breast cancer after my routine mammogram. Throughout my journey, I removed negative people from my life, leaving only supportive and positive people around me. My best support system was my husband, my three amazing children, my parents, sisters, their family, close friends, nieces and nephews! Their love and support was endless.
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Lackawanna
Rebecca Barrett
Diagnosed at age 37
Every day is a gift, wake up and be thankful for it.
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Lancaster
Alice Sanders
Diagnosed at age 51
Alice was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 1993 at age 51. While still employed in corporate America and receiving treatment for her breast cancer, she became involved with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Alice, who has such strong faith and a solid spiritual foundation, believes that her diagnosis was God's way of using her as a messenger of hope and inspiration to others. She believes that she is walking in God's purpose for her diagnosis. Alice continues to put a face to this disease by lending not only support to the PBCC but all to women diagnosed and living with breast cancer. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
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Lancaster
Nicole Shaffer
Diagnosed at age 35
I was lucky to have my cancer discovered early and my treatment successful. Now I feel my role and passion in life is to give back and help others through their journey, especially young women.
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Theresa Skaggs
Lancaster
Theresa Skaggs
Diagnosed at age 45
You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Ask your doctor about inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). There are too many women who don’t know what to look for, and early detection is crucial. Please ask your doctor for a list of symptoms for IBC.
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Lancaster
Rita Smith-Wade-El
Diagnosed at age 59
Breast cancer has made me realize how blessed I am and how many friends I have!
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Lancaster
Jacqueline Hart
Diagnosed at age 48
My journey with breast cancer has been a constant reminder of all the blessings in my life. I was diagnosed with bilateral BC at age 48 after seeing the doctor due to a bloody discharge from my left breast. After mammograms, five biopsies, ultrasounds and MRIs, I was diagnosed with DCIS on the left breast and invasive cancer stage 1 on the right breast. Even though it was a scary diagnosis to hear from the doctor, somehow I felt at peace and confident that everything was going to be fine. I am thankful for having access to medical care and doctors which let me find the cancer at a very early stage and provided me with experienced medical staff and access to the latest technology. I'm thankful for the support of my husband, children, family, friends and organizations that have been there for me and helped me get through this journey. Two years later I'm cancer free and I hope to help others to experience any life challenges as an opportunity to grow and appreciate every moment of their lives.
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Lawrence
Christine Lalama
Diagnosed at age 27
I am thankful to God that I have cancer. People look at me strangely when I say that. What it means is this: having this disease has given me a second chance. It has given me the chance to step back from my life and rearrange my priorities. I feel like a different person than I was eight years ago. I feel a little part of my former self in me, but I have been bathed into a new light. And for that, I am thankful. Having cancer saved my life.

Deceased 2011
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Becky Baldwin, Vicki Gingrich
Lebanon
Becky Baldwin and Vicki Gingrich
Diagnosed at age 37
We met as young mothers so we were friends before we had breast cancer - both diagnosed at age 37. When facing cancer so young, we didn't know if we would see our boys - ages 3,7,10,12 - graduate from high school. Thanks to excellent medical care and good follow-up, we saw our boys graduate from college and grow into men. We continue to be there for each other through medical tests, medical crises, and family emergencies. We celebrate the good times and travel together. Recently we both became grandmothers. Yes, breast cancer changed our lives. If it weren't for our friendship, the journey after breast cancer would have been harder. As it is, it's been a blast! There truly is life after cancer! We're here to prove it.
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Lebanon
Jessica Allen
I will not lie, chemotherapy is difficult. Surgeries are painful. And, the reconstruction process seems endless. Depression slips in like a fog. But you are brave. And you are strong. And you are loved. Memories fade. Scars heal. And hair grows back. So..smile.
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Amanda Musser
Lebanon
Amanda Musser
Diagnosed at age 30
Life does not always give you what you want, but if you look closely you will see that it gives you what you need for growth. It is important for me to remember that although my journey with cancer was an uphill battle there were also many opportunities for growth along the way. And through this diagnosis I have found my passion, in helping people who have also been touched by cancer.
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Shelly Mix
Lebanon
Shelly Mix
Diagnosed at age 46
Besides God, my husband and family, my horse Reggie was a great inspiration to me during my bout with breast cancer. Before surgery, my doctor said it was okay to finish my rodeo season, where we won the buckle you see here. The first time Regg saw me after surgery, he nickered and nudged me as if to say "I'm so glad you're back!" Grooming him gave me great workouts for physical therapy during my recovery.
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Lebanon
Debbie Freer
Diagnosed at age 31
Although diagnosed with stage 3 bilateral breast cancer at age 31, in 1981, I knew I had to get well for my 3 little children who were 1, 2, and 4 at the time. I was fortunate to be treated at a major cancer hospital and am enjoying my 8 grandchildren!
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Robin Lysek
Lehigh
Robin Lysek
Diagnosed at age 46
In June I was diagnosed with cancer. The following day, my 84 year old father was also diagnosed with cancer. When you are faced with life's greatest challenges, you realize just how blessed you are. My support network was amazing. I could not "fight like a girl" without the special people in my life.
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Lehigh
Lauren Kay Giguere
Diagnosed at age 49
Breast cancer is a journey and each person's journey is different. After my diagnosis and mastectomy, when I went for my first treatment, I had to visualize "turning the switch" from "fright to fight." I needed to become a warrior. Picturing myself with battle gear, with friends and family at my side, got me through some very tough times. Hope is always there.
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Luzerne
Beverly Hernandez
Diagnosed at age 37
Never take anything for granted. Life is too short.
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Lycoming
Susan Albert
I am a breast cancer survivor of 9 years. Although the picture does not include me, it expresses my spirit for life through my two daughters and their friend. Cancer did not "handle" me!
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Lycoming
Crystal Gansell-Whitcomb
Diagnosed at age 37
I was a single Mom, about to celebrate my 37th birthday, when I 'accidentally' found a lump, and just 5 months after having a mammogram. After a month of thinking 'It'll go away', I was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. That taught me the importance of self-examination and that was 20 years ago!
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Audrey Beckes
McKean
Audrey Beckes
Diagnosed at age 43
Because of regular follow up checkups I have survived both breast (twice) and colon cancer. I can't stress enough how important it is to be diligent in your follow ups. Early diagnosis is key to survival. Thanks to all those professionals who have worked to help us beat this disease.
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Mercer
Brandy Moore
Diagnosed at age 34
Thank God for friends and family. They mean everything to you when you're going through something like this.
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Mercer County Support Group
Mercer
Mercer County Support Group
Patricia Callahan Misko (58), Donna Darcangelo (47), Elvera DeMatteis , Marcia Keryan (62), Beverly Knapp (78),
Jo Ann Messett (43), Linda Mong (48), Dolores Raiti , Pam Russo (64), Elaine Simonik (58), Patricia Shook (77), Karen Weller (53)



*Ages indicate age of diagnosis
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Taylor Fultz
Mifflin
Taylor Fultz
Diagnosed at age 23
God will never give you more than you can handle. If He brought you to it, He will bring you through it.
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Monroe
Monroe County Support Group
Carolyn Boothe, Terry Dunlop, Honi Gruenberg, Mary Jo Joyce, Barbara Krajnak, Ellen Lewis, Kathryn Maier, Linda Turk, Mimi Zateeny

By chance we got cancer. By a blessing we found support, love and friendship.
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Monroe
Kelli Mercurio and Vivian Vega
As friends and co-workers, Kelli and Vivian were there for each other during their breast cancer diagnoses. They understood that not every woman had the same level of support they shared. With a common desire to help other women with breast cancer in their community, they started an affiliate of Breast Friends in PA in 2012 to help women through the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time.
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Sherrie Grasty
Montgomery
Sherrie Grasty
You have to be knowledgeable and aware of the latest research. Knowledge is power. You and the doctors are working together for the greater good of your health and your survivorship. I'm blessed to live in an era where there are treatments that can help me live.
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Mihyung Murray
Montgomery
Mihyung Murray
Diagnosed at age 33
Breast cancer has taught me a lot of things, one of which is to look at my life differently and to appreciate what I have. I thank God for opening my eyes and ears to the joys of today!
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Linda Falco
Montgomery
Linda Falco
Diagnosed at age 62
I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ in April, 2013. I needed to have my right breast removed. After that surgery I was Cancer free and that was a blessing. Cancer does change everything but you cannot feel like it’s time to give up. I found this amazing doctor through the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition from a Webinar in June, 2014. I followed up with Dr. Joseph Serletti, MD, FACS, Chief Plastic Surgeon, Univ. of Pennsylvania, as I was asked to do. My results were wonderful. I am blessed by my doctors, family and friends. Always stay positive!
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Kerri Connor Matchett
Montgomery
Kerri Conner Matchett
Diagnosed at age 33
"Finally, just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly." - Anonymous

So many women believe that life is over once you get breast cancer. Well, my mother and I are living proof that it is NOT. It's just the beginning! Live, Love, Laugh and most importantly...FIGHT!
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Michelle Keefer
Montour
Michelle Keefer
Diagnosed at age 35
My son was only 18 months old when I was diagnosed. When I first received the phone call that I had breast cancer my first thought was that I wasn't going to see him grow up, but I got through it. Having cancer made me a stronger person and I met so many incredible people throughout my experience.
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Northampton
Kathy Kucheruck
Diagnosed at age 60
My hero, Tucker. February 2013, my golden retriever and I were playing catch when he stopped, sniffed my chest and pawed me. Two weeks later I found a lump. One month after having my yearly mammogram, it came back negative. After 4 months of chemo and 35 days of radiation, I'm a breast cancer survivor of two years! Thank you to my hero, Tucker!
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Susan Wolf
Northampton
Susan Wolf
Diagnosed at age 47
At age 47 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and tamoxifen. I was working as a registered nurse, had a son in college and a daughter in high school. The week after chemo ended I attended a seminar by surgeon Dr. Bernie Siegel. I asked his advice on how to "move on." He told me to "LIVE, not live dying." I decided to do that, to live my life in a positive way. I will be a 21 year breast cancer survivor in October 2015!
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Cheryl Delsite
Northumerland
Cheryl Delsite
Diagnosed at age 29
Breast cancer is not a death sentence. Early detection is the key. I am very grateful to the wonderful ladies at the PBCC for all they have done for me in my fight and for their hard work and dedication to all the survivors and their families.
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Helen Michener
Perry
Helen Michener
Diagnosed at age 67
Being a breast cancer survivor offers an opportunity for growth in ways you never imagined. In Oct 2013, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Hearing those words and realizing the decisions needing to be made, you learn how important family and friends are as well as how personal and individual these decisions are for a plan of treatment. I learned to trust my feelings being able to do what was right for me.
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Judi Blue
Philadelphia
Judi Blue
Diagnosed at age 47
I entitled this self-portrait "Here I Am: There I Was." Chemotherapy made me bald and radiation burned my skin but neither took my spirit. Attitude is everything. I am living proof. I survived because God's plan for me was to be a brighter beacon to those in the storm.
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Philadelphia
Sarita Jordan
Diagnosed at age 36
Although I am now living with metastatic disease, it may seem like a sad story. It's not, it's my story! As a breast cancer advocate, I will continue to use my journey to educate, motivate, and encourage other women to live beyond a breast cancer diagnosis.

(deceased 2016)
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Leslie Stiles
Philadelphia
Leslie Stiles
I truly believe that breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease, it’s everyone’s disease. As a survivor, I call it a journey on which you’ll meet amazing, strong women, pull on resources you never knew you had and emerge stronger than you were before. I can say that my biggest source of strength and support has been my husband, Mike, my daughter Jackie and my son, Eric. It has also been incredibly healing to reach out to others- my message has always been education, and hope.
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Cheryl Little
Philadelphia
Cheryle Little
Diagnosed at age 60
Life will provide many twists and turns. Sometimes the road is smooth and other times there are speed bumps that slow us down. Family and friends play an important part in life's journey. They bring joy, peace, love and support. I am so grateful to have a wonderful village of support.
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Philadelphia
Dee Burrell
Diagnosed at age 50
To survive breast cancer is a gift that we use to help other women battling breast cancer. My life has changed in many positive ways. I no longer put things off until tomorrow - I just "do it."
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Pike
Peggy Billadello
Diagnosed at age 78
Above all, I always try to keep a positive outlook, sense of humor, faith, and an interest in the world about me. I hope my success in surviving cancer and moving on to live a useful, productive life all these many years will give hope to other survivors facing similar challenges.
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Potter
Donell Villa Ayers
Diagnosed at age 41
Make sure you have your mammograms as soon as you can and yearly after that! I was diagnosed at my first mammogram with no lumps or symptoms. Without my first mammogram, my cancer would have left my ducts and my prognosis wouldn't have been good! Thank you to my family and the staff at Cole Memorial for my five year anniversary!!
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Schuylkill
Sisters In Pink
Annabelle Colman (deceased 2015), Peggy Falgoust, Marilyn Herb, Sonya Herring (deceased 2015), Stacy Hoover, Arabel Klinger, Alyce Leitzel, Pat Ludwig, Krissy Miller Stover, Donna Rhody, Georgiana Sanders, Kelly Schley, Arlene Smith

We are "Sisters In Pink" from Schuylkill County. We are all Breast Cancer Survivors from the beautiful Hegins Valley. We are a group of 13 ladies who have one thing in common - breast cancer. Together we support each other with the help of the Breast Cancer Coalition. Everybody's journey is different, but we are here for each other. Unfortunately, our group keeps growing, and some of our fellow sisters we may lose, but they will never be forgotten. With the help of the Breast Cancer Coalition - we will find a cure for this disease.

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Snyder
Merrie Parker
Diagnosed at age 57
What a shock when I was diagnosed in 2002. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer two years earlier. Being positive was important. I wanted to save my strength for whatever was ahead. My faith in prayer and the love & kindness I received at The Thyra M. Humphrey’s Breast Center, where I was treated, were comforting beyond words. I have been blessed in so many ways since that frightening diagnosis. I now lead a faith based cancer support group “Journey of Hope”.
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Somerset
Michelle Kephart
Diagnosed at age 45
My first diagnosis was November of 2010, second was December 2012. I completed radiation and chemo treatments both times. A great surgeon is an important factor. Remaining positive and surrounding myself with family and friends was a great help for me. Ladies, please have regular mammograms!
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Mary Barnosky
Sullivan
Mary Barnosky
Diagnosed at age 56
Most of us are living with breast cancer, not dying with it. It is important to keep a positive attitude; feel good about yourself and share your life with others.
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Susquehanna
Celia Warner
Diagnosed at age 40
I had so much to live for when I was diagnosed at age 40: two and five year old sons and a husband! Now at age 63, I look back in gratitude to a merciful and powerful God who orchestrated my cure!
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Tioga
Wendy Nason
Diagnosed at age 54
October 2015 I will be a 10 year breast cancer survivor!  To paraphrase The Serenity Prayer, God gave me the serenity to accept the thing I could not change (breast cancer), the courage to change the things I could (with help from God, my doctors, family and friends) and the wisdom to know the difference.  Now I want to make each day count because each day is truly a gift from God.
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Union
Frances Blatchley
Diagnosed at age 45
Without early detection, aggressive treatment and prayer, I would not have lived to see our grandson's birth. Mammograms starting at age 40 save lives.
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Union
Julie Rockey
Diagnosed at age 30
“You have breast cancer” were not four words I ever dreamed would be put together in a sentence said to me when I was 30. However, that’s exactly what I heard and it’s been a life refining moment ever since. The silver lining in this entire journey for me has been the friendships forged, the sisterhood and brotherhood gained, and leading the community battle against this disease via the Ta-Ta Trot each year!
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Christina Weidle
Venango
Christina Weidle
Diagnosed at age 53
“My friend, you have breast cancer” these were the words from my doctor on a sunny afternoon. I never thought I would hear these words. No one in my family has had breast cancer. I have been a nurse for 33 years and I am a Nurse educator, so I know the statistics but I never thought it would happen to ME. My support from others was overwhelming, my husband, my beautiful 3 daughters, my extended family, my friends, co-workers, and even my students were amazing. I never knew how others cared and felt about me or the impact I had on others. I took this opportunity to re-evaluate my priorities in life. I was fortunate to have a small tumor and be node negative. I went through radiation and now on hormone therapy medications and I am doing well one year later. I have been blessed!
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Warren
Crystal Heenan
Diagnosed at age 42
 Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. Remember ..."A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." -Proverbs 17:22.
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Warren
Constance Zaffino
Diagnosed at age 49
Breast Cancer has touched and altered every aspect of my life. It has literally changed me- some for the better. You discover what matters to you and what does not. You find out who you matter to and who you do not. You discover strength you never knew you had within you. You experience fear and anger you didn't realize you were capable of feeling. I was very fortunate to have the support of my family and friends and coworkers. I was also very fortunate to be able to receive all my treatment in my hometown of Warren, PA. My doctors and nurses at Warren Cancer Center and Warren General Hospital have provided awesome medical care. Beyond that they have been very caring and compassionate.
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Warren
Crystal Heenan
Diagnosed at age 42
Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. Remember a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. - Proverbs 17:22
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Washington
Joanne Bonazza
Diagnosed at age 33
Faith, family, friends, and medicine have allowed me to be here for more kisses.
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Washington
Diane Sewchok
Diagnosed at age 45
"Don't let the word CANCER intimidate you. Faith in God, the blessings of your family and friends and great doctors and nurses make the experience a time to learn, to grow strong in character, to increase your faith and then be a blessing to someone else."
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Washington County
Crystal Fidazzo
Diagnosed at age 55
August 19, 2018 marked four years of survival. August 22, 2018 was my 60th birthday. Two huge milestones for a woman only given a 60% chance of surviving five years. I'm still here and I'm healthy. God is good and He is in control. Never let go of His hand.
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Wayne
Melissa Rickard
Diagnosed at age 37
Upon my thirty-seventh birthday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had discovered the lump through self-examination. Breast cancer is non-discriminating and can occur at any age. Luckily the cancer was detected early and only required surgical intervention. Early detection is the key. I am grateful for each day that I walk upon this earth and the loving support of my husband, friends, and family.
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Westmoreland
Connie Tamewitz
Diagnosed at age 43
Early Detection is Key! I'm so grateful I was diagnosed early. I had great doctors who gave me options and treated aggressively. Breast cancer isn't just a physical battle but a spiritual and emotional journey. Faith in the Lord Jesus my Savior, love and support of my family and friends as well as the desire to help others battling cancer brings meaning to my diagnosis. Every Day is a Gift!
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Wyoming
Carol Gaylord
Diagnosed at age 36
Life is too precious to let go, I need to watch my children grow, With family and friends to keep me strong, To face and fight what comes along.
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York
Lisa Amspacher
Diagnosed at age 36
I have completed two half marathons, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, hiked to Mount Washington, completed a 5 day - 300 mile cycling adventure, and the list continues. How will you savor life and live it well?
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Carmella Paiani
York
Carmella Paiani
Diagnosed at age 42
There is always someone there with you, even when you think there is not.
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York
Amber Shaw
Diagnosed at age 28
I was a normal 28 year old wrapped up in all the happiness of planning a wedding. 7 months before getting married, I found a lump. 3 days later I was diagnosed with stage 2A DCIS. My whole world was flipped upside down. Cancer does not discriminate.
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York
Karen Jury
In 2012, for no other reason than God had plans for me, I had an overwhelming urge to do a self-breast exam. I did and felt a lump which was diagnosed as invasive lobular carcinoma. The fact that it formed a lump further out on my breast, I did a self-breast exam, and I found my lump which went undetected by doctors and mammograms, was a miracle.
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York
Beverly Mackereth
Diagnosed at age 47
I'm too busy to stop and get a mammogram! I'm too important in my job to take time for myself! I have no risk factors for breast cancer; in fact, I have many protective factors against breast cancer. Don't fool yourself like I did! Take care of yourself, and get your yearly mammogram. If you are diagnosed early, treatment and prognosis are so much better. Do better than I did!
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