I'm the kind of outgoing person who is full of energy and loves sports so much, especially swimming. But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, my whole life changed. I felt I was drowning in a deep ocean and felt so alone...

There is a story about an ancient Buddhist village that worshiped a golden Buddha statue when they learned about an invading army nearing their village. To protect their golden Buddha, the worshippers covered their statue with mud and fled. Invading soldiers entered the village and...

I am Laura Mac Jeffers and I’m 46 years young. I’m a 2-year breast cancer survivor. In the words of Dolly Parton, “it costs a lot to look this cheap!” My story is a success story as I, like many survivors, tend to regard it...

I was only 6 years old, and it was hard to think about such things. I had never heard the word before, and I had no idea what it meant. When she lost her hair, and we saw she was in pain, my sister and...

On every Friday night, the complications of life slowed down at the packed to capacity Kijiji’s Coffee Shop on Jefferson Street. Poetry turned the stressful juggling of business, family, health, dating and everyday survival into a magical place where words and feelings sprung uninhibited from...

I’m a 23-year breast cancer survivor, retired Texan, high school teacher, wife, mother of 2 wonderful adult kids and Nana to two precious grandchildren.  I am also the Founder of Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA) Inc. The BCIEA serves low-income communities in Texas and...

My mother was a foodie. It didn’t matter what she prepared it was always amazing. Her cooking was simply delicious, always creative, and I can taste and smell certain dishes through my memories and the love they delivered. She could feed 200, 500 or a...

I put on a brave smile when the radiologist told me that I had cancer, a diagnosis he reassuringly stated that less than 15% of his patients had a chance of receiving just a week prior when he had done my ultrasound. As he went...

To speak of my 2nd Act, I need to introduce you to my first act.  At 46, I was a workaholic mother of two teenagers, wife of a local politician, and daughter whose mother is a breast cancer survivor and suffering from Alzheimer’s. And then I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. After...

Over the years, I have experienced love, loss and everything in between. My husband, Raymon, was diagnosed with testicular cancer just one year after we were married. He was only 23 years old. Fortunately for him, the cancer was caught early and he has been...