On Sept. 28, beloved actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced via Instagram that she has breast cancer.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote in her announcement, following up with a positive message about being surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends to help her through her battle. The timing of her statement seems alarmingly apropos, considering just days later Breast Cancer Awareness Month began on Oct. 1.
We’re proud to honor the month because awareness can help save lives and fuel the work behind a cure — and we’re celebrating with the wise words of some badass breast cancer warriors. The words from brave women provide support for the newly diagnosed, and ring true with a lot of people who have gone through the same thing.
Get inspired by what these women have to say about what it feels like to fight — and win.
Originally published October 2015. Updated October 2017.