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Tracy McNeal remembers the morning clearly. The mother of three woke up and felt a pea-sized lump on her breast. She decided to have it checked out immediately.

When Valorie Kondos Field learned she had breast cancer, one of her first thoughts was her students. As the former head coach of the UCLA Gymnastics Team, she wanted to use her experience to educate others.

When Natalie Rivera was 19 years old, she learned she carried the BRCA1 genetic mutation. The news wasn’t a complete shock: both her grandmother and mother had breast cancer.

Priscilla Brastianos grew up hearing stories about her grandmother – a medical student who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early twenties. Even with metastatic breast cancer she continued to practice medicine.

Carly and her mom are inseparable. Despite their cross-country distance – Maryland to California – they speak every day. So when Carly learned her mother was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, she couldn’t imagine a world without her in it.

When Emily walked into her doctor’s office for a routine exam, her physician felt a lump on her breast. As a 34-year-old mother and attorney, she was shocked to learn she had breast cancer.

Nearly two decades ago, Constance Boll found a malignant lump on her breast. At the time, she was raising her granddaughter, Sarah, and she didn’t want the diagnosis to get in the way.

“I met the news head on,” Constance said referring to her breast cancer diagnosis.

When Kelley Tuthill learned she was pregnant with her third child, the news came to her as a two-fold surprise.

Marenda Breast Cancer Story

It started off as a normal night at home; Marenda Taylor, then 39, was relaxing with her husband when he discovered a lump in her breast.  After a few weeks passed, the lump persisted, and she decided to call her doctor.

Michael Caruso was on the phone with his daughter, who was away at college, when he felt a slight tug under his right nipple.

“Hey, check this out,” he said to his wife, Xiomara. “This doesn’t feel right.”