Breast Cancer Doesn't Care If You're A Mom

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time to spread awareness about breast cancer, a disease that will strike one out of every eight women. A disease that is the second leading cause of death in women. We collected the stories of women — who are also mothers — who have battled breast cancer. They are all brave and beautiful.

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Ellyn Davidson: Heal thyself by paying it forward

"After a bilateral mastectomy, the removal of 14 lymph nodes and six rounds of chemo, I was a freshly-minted breast cancer survivor," says Ellyn Davidson. "I was bald, grateful — and exhausted."

"Just as being a survivor is now an integral — and positive — part of my identity."

What was supposed to be a relaxing few days away from home with her family following her surgery instead became a turning point for Ellyn. Still going through a lot because of her breast cancer — she had a breast reconstruction and a hysterectomy/oophorectomy ahead of her — Ellyn became a mentor for other women with breast cancer.

"Just as being a survivor is now an integral — and positive — part of my identity, so, too is being a mentor, an advocate, a doer on behalf of women with breast cancer," Ellyn shares. "I look forward to wearing that role for a long, long time."

Read Ellyn's inspiring story of mentorship and healing herself by giving to others: Heal thyself by paying it forward.

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Comments on "Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Real women, real stories"

Pat October 03, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Yes, my daughter Pam was very brave. I think she was the strongest of us all. She always had a positive attitude We love her and are very happy for her.

Shannon October 01, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Awww it's so good that Jennifer wants to give back, in spite of all she's been through. People like her are what make the world a better place. I'm sorry for all that she's been through, and you and your family are in my prayers.

CrazyMom October 01, 2012 | 4:51 PM

I know Aunt Lois and she is the best! What an inspiration all these women are!!!

joyce October 01, 2012 | 12:07 PM

I had exactly the same as you except i had LCIS too which is the precursor to cancer. i had bilateral mastectomy a month ago and never ever looked back...no radiation no tamoxifen. harder bc of surgery but easier bc theres no more risk really.... and we can see our kids grow up ( Mine are older so in stead of kindergarten, i 'm talking about them getting married!) be well

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