Hear breast cancer survivors notes from their time battling breast cancer.
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Jane Goldman: It's not always easy. It's the kind of thing that you really have to work at. We are very much in control I think of our own health and well-being. It's not something that someone fixes you from afar. You have to help fix yourself in the inside. The thing I like about it as far as everybody can identify with flowers for one reason or another and so it's got this universal appeal that people appreciate it but then I think the pains have that little extra something that expresses the joy that I felt getting the flowers and then sending them on. Leslie Mouton: It's so funny because before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had grandiose goals of television news and big things. Now I'm just happy to be here and I appreciate that I have my daughter and my husband and my family and my friends, I love my job. I have reached my goals and I just wait to see what God’s going to reveal to me next. Male: Whereas before, I was spending a lot of time flying and instructing and burning my tactics and techniques, that really doesn’t even seem all that important anymore. I like watching things on TV or seeing what’s going on. You just can't wait—I’ll take the 15 minutes. Go home a little bit early and spend time with the family and give the extra hug and kiss and read the extra story one more time when you put them to bed. So, yeah, it definitely opens your eyes. Leslie Mouton: He could fight in the Gulf War and he could fight in Kosovo, they could do nothing to battle the war inside of my body. His support was tremendous and the fact that he loved me as much, he’s found me sexually attractive when I was bald and sick as he did before I was diagnosed and he let me know that everyday. So our relationship I think has been strengthened a million fold. Male: We would just sit and just talk and hold each other, just pray that mommy was going to be okay and then everything was going to work out. Maria Vargas: It is my heaven. This is my heaven on earth right here. These are all my little stars and my prayers are in this house. My dreams are in this house. My gratitude is in this house. The Latina culture, they tend to their husbands, they tend to their children and when there is time, they will tend to themselves. They come last. I think it is more awareness. It's just being aware that there are programs that will help with cost, programs that will help with transportation, programs that will help with the children, and programs that can help them with prevention. Diagnosis, getting through it and researching and the most important thing is awareness. Lucia Ellis: It's called chemotherapy and that’s the hair-apy and it's inspired by Dr. Zeus and the other title is Come Hair, Go hair, Yes Hair, No Hair. My Hair, My Hair is everywhere. It's on the sink and on the chair. It's in my bra and underwear, a hair, a nightmare, it's everywhere. I do not think that I can stand to find another clump or stands sticking to my neck and head. It's falling fast. It will last; my lovely hair has come to passed. It feels so strange, look like the mange. I want to save it and not just shave it. At last my bald and that is that, all what’s left is a scarf and hat. The tears have dried; nowhere to hide. Chin up my girl and walk and fly. Biba Caggiano: Sometime out of the blue, I was driving the car and all of a sudden I would look up and it was a beautiful day with clouds with the sun and all of a sudden something hit me and I realized how beautiful the world was and I started crying while I was driving out of the blue. I didn’t cry all through the ordeal because I am a strong person, because I had the support of my family and my friends and everything. But then when you saw something that touched you and it was so beautiful, then you realize how vulnerable you were. This is hat my husband said, “Of all the time in history, this is the best time. If you have to have cancer, this is the best time because we can do so much”. Of course there are certain things