A cancer diagnosis is a game-changer. It impacts your life, your spirit, and your body. It touches your friends, your family, and pretty much every single aspect of your life. Breast cancer is, sadly, a battle that many women will be forced to face. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer. That means that in our lifetime, most of us will be touched, in some way, by the disease.
But breast cancer isn’t a death sentence. With proper treatment and detection, it is a war that can be won. And those who survive often come out of the battle stronger, fiercer, and with a new determination to not just change their own lives, but the lives of others — especially other women going through their own breast cancer journeys.
In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve collected 12 amazing, inspirational stories about breast cancer survivors inspiring each other and helping to save lives. Check out these wonderful stories here:
Terri Wingham | Helps Survivors Restart Their Lives
After winning the battle against breast cancer, Terri Wingham, "struggled with a lack of support when she walked out of the hospital on her final day of treatment. Friends and family wanted her to return to 'normal.' But after dealing with the ordeal that is cancer, finding 'normal' was difficult." It turns out that Ms. Wingham didn't want normal, and instead went and volunteered in Africa for six weeks, where "she found a sense of purpose and optimism in her life again."
From the trip, Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation was born. Since that first excursion, Ms. Wingham has traveled the globe, volunteering across 5 continents, and is now helping cancer survivors "restart their lives after treatment" with their own international volunteer treks. This past February, she took 12 cancer survivors on a trip to New Delhi, India.
"None of us know if the cancer’s going to come back or how much time we have,” says Wingham. “In some respect, that gives me license to say, ‘Hell, I’m going to live my life.’”
You can read more about the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation right here.
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