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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.”

Merajver Breast Cancer Story

Sofia Merajver was shoe shopping with her daughter when her phone rang. Her doctor had her biopsy results.

“In the short time between choosing what shoes to buy and paying for them, I learned I had cancer in both breasts,” Sofia said remembering the moment of her diagnosis last year.

Robin Breast Cancer Story

A few weeks after Robin Browne celebrated her twenty-eighth birthday, she began experiencing pain on her right side. She underwent several tests, including an ultrasound of her gallbladder – all of which came back clear.