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Survivor Stories

When you're diagnosed with any kind of cancer, it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Sharing your story with others in support group, as a mentor, as a presenter in the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives program can be cathartic for you AND can inspire others.

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HIllary Gilfand

12+ year survivor

Diagnosis: Stage IV

Symptoms: Bloating and constipation

Post-surgical treatment: Debulking, 12 rounds of chemo, post-chemo surgery

Quote I live by: “Be grateful for every day. When you get a second chance at life it’s humbling, gratifying and completely amazing!”

I want other women to know: “Learn your family history and pay attention to symptoms – particularly those that are persistent.”

Marcy Newman

"What has been most important to me along the way is to keep on living. Connecting with other survivors helps to normalize my situation and make me feel a part of a larger community. I also keep moving and living…participating in the world….finding joy in the small things….appreciating the miracles of nature and keeping proper perspective as to what a small piece of life this disease is. While I may have cancer, it does not define me.

We may not all find a cure, but it is important to realize that we can LIVE while we have this disease."