I also know that I’ve survived some pretty bad loss, and I am ok. I know a lot of others who are similar. When you can accept what you can control and what you can’t, and when you can lean on others for support, you can get through a lot.

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This is a blog post about my step-mother, a major part of the Runway for Recovery story that often gives people pause, yet she has been a part of the story that I’ve always wanted to bring more attention to because I think it can help others. I write about this part of the story today because I recently had a conversation with a young woman who was about to watch her Dad get re-married, and she asked me about what it would be like to have a step-mom.

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Malissa Wood, a survivor since 2006. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 43 in Dec 2006.  I was very healthy, no family history and we were a bit blindsided by the diagnosis.  I was a single Mom with four children at the time ages 6,8,10 and 12.  I am a cardiologist at MGH…

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Betsy Tyson-Smith, first diagnosed in 1990. Out of nowhere, with no family history, no bad habits and no genetic markers, I was diagnosed with BC at age 48. My experience of surgery and treatment was a lot different than it is these days. I went into Boston for surgery and radiation and it was a…

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Mary Joyce Rose, a survivor since 2012. When I was in my breast cancer support group (where I met 2 new friends and fellow models Kathleen Keeley and Jenn Sheehy Everett), we did an exercise where we described ourselves in six words. My phrase was “Breast cancer has made me stronger.” That has proven to…

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Linda Phelan, a survivor since 2015. Linda’s 2017 Story: I am walking this year for the second time. As a two-year survivor I am very excited to share the runway with my two beautiful daughters.  The memories of the love and companionship during my battle are something I will always treasure.  I am lucky to…

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Cori Liptak, a survivor since 2014. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in Runway last year and thrilled to be invited back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Runway for Recovery. The experience of being with other women who have struggled with a breast cancer diagnosis or who have lost…

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Erin Hollis, walking in memory of her mother, Kathleen Conley (2015) and in celebration of her friend Colette Hanna. Early last year, I signed up to participate in R4R to celebrate the completion of my mom’s treatment. Little did we know things would soon take an unexpected turn for the worse. Sadly, mom passed away…

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Katy Haley, a survivor since 2013. Life has changed in funny ways since being diagnosed.  To be honest, I looked at the treatment/etc more as a really bad cold vs. a serious issue, which I think helped get through all of the treatments.  I don’t see myself sweating the small stuff anymore, I try to…

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