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Breast Cancer Awareness: Tell Us Someone We Should Remember

The Internet is full of the names and pictures of people who have survived breast cancer, or lost the battle. Is there a name or a story you'd like to share?

As part of Patch's recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have been running a series of stories on the topic. Today, we invite you to share the name of someone you think we should keep in our thoughts.

A simple search of the web will turn up the names of hundreds of famous women and men who have battled breast cancer. Wikipedia actually has a massive list of celebrities who have survived breast cancer and are still alive; who have survived breast cancer and died from other causes; or have died as a result of having breast cancer.

The list includes famous Missourians such as Sheryl Crow, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and former northwest Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Pat Danner, who declined to run for reelection in 2000 because she was being treated for the disease.

It includes Shirley Temple Black, who, it is said, was the first famous person to publicly announce her breast cancer diagnosis in 1973.

The point of this article is not to simply highlight the famous people. We hope you'll share the names of people in the comments below, or a brief word about them, to help us remember people who have survived or have lost their fight with breast cancer—a small tribute, if you will.

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment; you just have to be willing to take it. —Emily Hollenberg

Kurt Greenbaum October 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Thank you for sharing that, Sandy.
Michele October 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
My good friend Dawn Malouf was first diagnosed in 2008 at 37 years old. She is an incredible friend and wonderful mother of three kids. She went a slightly different route in her treatment and went through chemo, then surgery, chemo again, radiation and reconstruction. When she had her surgery, she asked that they take both breasts. The doctors didn't want to do that as the other breast was healthy. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer in her other breast - on Mother's Day, no less. It was caught early, but she went through the same full treatment again. She is the strongest person I know. We live 1300 miles apart and I try to call her every few weeks (she is busy with her family as am I - and when we talk it is like we haven't missed a day). Even through her treatment and feeling horrible, she kept her incredible sense of humor and just kept going. We pray for her every night and hope that she never has to battle this horrible disease again.
Claire Chosid October 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. The first time was in 1997 when my kids were quite young. I was 41 years old and knew very little about it. I underwent surgery, chemo and radiation. It had spread to my lymph nodes and the tumor was 2.6 centimeters, never showing up on a mammogram.. I learned all I could about breast cancer and, like Gabrielle's Mom, became my own best advocate. I fired my surgeon and found a truly great one. Life went on until 2002 when I was diagnosed after a routine mammogram. It was early, I didn't need chemo, I had a mastectomy and I elected to undergo reconstruction. My plastic surgeon (Mercy Hospital) decided to discontinue accepting insurance in the middle of my reconstruction. He told me that I needed to pay $2,700 out of pocket to finish the job. I fired him, his wife eventually went to jail for pulling almost 1 million dollars out of the practice. I found Leroy Young, the best breast guy out there. It has been almost 10 years since that ordeal, I am healthy and so much wiser. Wear pink, do your BSE and yearly mammogram. I have the best family and friends who got me through everything and over each hurdle. I am aware that each day is a gift and I live it to the fullest.
Kurt Greenbaum October 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Thank you, Claire and Michele, for sharing those stories here. I hope we'll hear from more readers with their stories of people who they remember or people who have survived!
mary ponder October 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
My Mom had breast cancer in both breasts in 1985. She was 50. She survived for 19 years. She died of heart failure in 2004. Her name: June Chisholm

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