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V. Castro, Rancho Cordova, CA

A brave prostate cancer survivor

14 years ago, a retired, 75 year old man was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After diagnosis, he was determined to remain positive and upbeat. After surgery, he stated, "I'm loving life". Today, he is prostate cancer free and enjoying his wife of many years, friends, and family. Another story of hope.

A. Wickstrom, Sacramento, CA

A brave breast cancer survivor

On the day before my 37th birthday, I was told I had breast cancer. It was a day that changed my life and a year I will never forget. This summer I celebrated my three year survivor milestone. Surviving breast cancer has helped me to let go of the petty things and to forgive and love.

S.Mayhew, Sacramento, CA

Brave breast cancer survivors

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49, two years later my 78 year old mother was diagnosed and if that wasn't enough, four years later my 30 year old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, I am a 20 year survivor and my daughter a six year survivor and my mother, a six year survivor. Our battles were hard but we won. I am more compassionate and caring about how I live and treat others. Life is precious and should be lived to the fullest because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

J.Dimichele, Sacramento, CA

A brave male breast cancer survivor

Men can get breast cancer, too. I am a breast cancer survivor. My journey began last year. I noticed a small bump on the left side of my chest and wasn't too concerned about it. After receiving the news, my jaw dropped. It never occurred to me that I was at risk for developing breast cancer as a healthy man. Suddenly, I had some very serious decisions to make concerning treatment. In a world where breast cancer is still viewed primarily as a woman's disease, I cannot stress enough the importance of men being proactive and taking charge of their health.

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