I didn’t want October to end without again acknowledging breast cancer awareness.  The PediaBlog received a number of heartfelt comments to Nancy Feyrer’s October 11 blog post “My Story:  Pink Ribbons.”

From Heidi:


Thank you so much for your post and all of your encouraging words.  I smile every time I see you in the office because it’s comforting to have someone to talk to that shares a similar experience.  I wanted to share a little bit of my story as well. I am a breast cancer survivor.  I have been cancer-free for almost two and a half years now.  I found a lump in my breast in December 2011 and was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer (her2 positive) that was also in my lymph nodes.  I was 33 years old when I was diagnosed and our youngest daughter just turned 2. I never once thought I would ever be affected by cancer.  I am young and healthy, and cancer does not run in my family.  I also thought women didn’t have to be concerned about cancer until they were in their forties.  I went through chemo,surgery and radiation.  I am very happy to say I, like Nancy and many others, am a survivor and doing well.

Just as Nancy said, we all must be diligent about detection and know that women of all ages can get breast cancer.  It is very important to do self breast exams every month, especially if you are not of age to have a mammogram — it may be your only way of detection.

Thanks for your inspiration, Nancy.


From Nicole:

Thanks so much for sharing, Nancy!  Breast cancer runs very strong in my family, so this is definitely something that’s close to my heart.  I love hearing stories from survivors.  We have 3 survivors and 1 loss in my family.  As heartbreaking as it is, it’s also very inspiring listening to survivors!!


From Amanda:

Thank you very much for you post.  You are a wonderful survivor!  Thank you for your blog — it is something that needs to be addressed.  As a woman I am very proud to have you speaking for us:  your story can save lives.  Once again thank you!


From Karen:

Nancy – Your story is also my story.  And you have told it so well!  Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.  The experience of diagnosis, surgery and treatment can be terrifying and challenges us in every way, especially  physically and mentally.  It also brings the realization of how strong we are and how resilient we can be.  And it brings us a new found respect for life and family.  I see the picture of you with your granddaughter and I can read your mind.  Cherish every moment.  God Bless.


Read Nancy’s story and the rest of the comments received here.