Everyone has a story.  I often hear women describe their experience in the context of their treatment plan. The spectrum ranges from a single procedure to long and complicated treatment. Regardless of the differences, there are several commonalities.

The news is almost always a gut-punch. Even if a woman thinks she's doomed by her family history, there is no preparation for the moment that the doctor says, "You have cancer."

A cancer diagnosis affects more than just the patient. Family, friends, and entire communities can be shaken by the traumatic news.

Questions flood a woman's soul like, "How will I take care of my family," "Will I have to have chemo," "Will I lose my hair," and, "How will I tell my children?" Not all of those questions can be answered immediately, and the wait time can feel long and scary.