This Is My Story
This is My Story allows individuals to share—through written or video testimony—the impact breast cancer has had on their lives. Keep A Breast has published hundreds of personal stories and no two are the same. Some are expressions of strength, others of emotional hurdles, and others of day-to-day challenges. All are reminders that there is no “normal” personal response to breast cancer and that the impact of cancer does not discriminate. Everyday young people discover that their stories have themes similar to those of the celebrity athletes and musicians who have told theirs. We’ve heard over and over that these stories make people feel less isolated and more likely to seek support. Keep A Breast records these testimonies and posts them on this website, as well our YouTube channel and various social media outlets. Click here to see the This Is My Story album on our Facebook!
How does it support the KAB Mission?
This program contributes to KAB’s efforts to build a global community of breast cancer support for young people. Each story is a conversation starter; the potential beginning of an ongoing dialogue. These narratives present multiple, complex emotions in a simple manner, and encourage young people to seek further support and information.
Can I participate?
Anyone of any age who has been affected by breast cancer is welcome to submit a This is My Story testimony. Past participants range from junior high school students to Warped Tour band members.
Where do I start?
Anyone can take part in This is My Story, quickly and easily. Simply visit our YouTube channel to view completed This is My Story videos. To submit your own story, simply print out our PDF and complete it. Scan the document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or mail to:
This is My Story c/o
The Keep A Breast Foundation
811 Traction Ave, #2A
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Deborah "Zuke" Smith went for recommended mammogram at the age of 40, but the positive results were not the positive outcome she was looking for. When she thought of the word cancer all she saw was a death sentence, but she decided that she was ready to live and share her art with the world.
When Sharishta was diagnosed with breast cancer she couldn't believe it. She didn't know anything about cancer and she was only 25! She's now learned so much and wants to share it with women (and men) everywhere.
At a pivotal point in a young adult's life, when most people are worrying about college and their first career jobs, Alexandra Silva found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 22. Find out how she dealt with her cancer and the advice she has for young people everywhere.
“En marzo de este año decidí hacerme una cirugía plástica de mamás, el medico solicito una mamo y una eco de mamas, donde detectaron una imagen sospechosa, luego me hicieron una biopsia lo que confirmo un cáncer de mama in situ. Tuve la suerte de descubrirlo a tiempo y luego de una operación y radioterapia todo volvió a la normalidad en mi vida. Hoy solo debo tomar una pastilla al día y visitar seguido a mi oncólogo”.
Hayley McIntire was only 28 when she felt a lump in her breast. Like every young woman, she felt invincible and waited months to go to the doctor. Find out what happened when she finally did and why you should always follow your gut feeling.
Lauren Makiyevskiy of The Daily Debut shares her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 26. Find out how she found out and her advice for young women everywhere.
A husband shares what he learned from the journey through his wife’s fight against breast cancer & gives some encouraging advice to those wanting to find a way to help the survivors in their lives.
Mercedes Arn-Horn of Canadian Pop Punk band, Courage My Love, shares her breast cancer story of courage and hope. When she was 15 years old she met a 20 year old breast cancer survivor who changed her life. This is her story.
Surfer and survivor Sharishta Shourie was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 25. If she could go back, she would choose not to have cancer, but she wouldn’t trade what the experience showed her about the loving people in her life.