Breast Cancer Patient Stories

  • Linda Gottlieb

    Linda Gottlieb

    Linda Gottlieb has always been vigilant about getting her annual mammogram. Even though breast cancer does not run in her family, she knows the importance of screening. However, she typically does not perform a breast-self exam. In November 2008, she learned her routine mammogram was normal. Just 5 months later, she was getting out of the shower, and as she wrapped her towel around herself, Linda felt a small lump in her breast.

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  • Charlette Gray

    Charlette Gray

    It’s been a balancing act for Charlette Gray as she’s juggled a career and a family quite successfully. During a business trip in the summer, 2011, Charlette discovered a lump in her breast. When she returned home, Charlette arranged an exam by her internist. “During my appointment, she scheduled for me to have an ultrasound which confirmed the lump,” recalls Charlette. “This all happened on a Friday and on Monday, I had the biopsy that confirmed that it was lobular breast cancer.  I was able to have a consultation with a surgeon in my home town that same week who advised me of my options.”  

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  • Kim Hagerich

    Kim Hagerich

    Moving half way across the country with 2 small children for her husband's new job can be stressful for some, but Kim Hagerich took it in stride. Kim and Todd settled into a friendly family-oriented neighborhood in a northern Philadelphia suburb. Kim quickly made many friends by getting involved in a book club, mother's group and preschool. She and her husband wanted a third child, and based on her fertility history, she began taking progesterone (a hormone that is connected to pregnancy). Not soon after, Kim found a lump in her breast.

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  • Carol Hess

    Carol Hess

    At age 43, Carol Hess is just about as busy as a mom can be. The mother of 2 toddlers, Carol enjoys running, photography and gardening. While holding down a full-time position working for the Department of Defense. "For 26 years I have worked for the Navy as an Engineer Technician. Our department is responsible for the launch and recovery systems for aircraft used on an aircraft carrier," explained Carol.

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  • Nicole Holtz

    Nicole Holtz

    After several biopsies and a lumpectomy at her local hospital, Nicole Holtz did not feel confident that she was getting the treatment she needed for her diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) breast cancer. “I continued to have a discharge from my breast. The surgeon admitted he did not get all of the cancer and time was moving on,” recalled the mother of two young daughters. “My husband was really freaking out.” She had first felt a painful lump in her breast in February 2010, but she did not have a lumpectomy until November of the same year.  Read more »
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