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DermStore’s Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway

If you don’t already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. To help spread the love, we’ve created the Breast Cancer Awareness boutique filled with fabulous, limited edition beauty products that all give back in hopes of finding the cure. Each year, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. If it’s detected early, the chances of survival exceeds 96%! That’s why it’s so important to get a regular check up and mammogram every year after 40.

On top of our contribution from the boutique, we’re also giving away amazing beauty products to our gorgeous readers.

While we’re spreading awareness and giving back, it’s only natural to open up a discussion forum about how breast cancer has affected us. We talk a lot about how to help and how we can give back, but we want to hear about the inspirational stories that have come out of hardships that you and your loved ones have endured in the fight against breast cancer. We are happy to honor each and every woman who has experienced any part of breast cancer and inspire other supporters and survivors around the world.   We want to hear your brave and inspiring stories of breast cancer—when you share them below, you’ll be entered to win one of our biggest giveaway prizes yet.

Join DermStore and tell us your story of love and courage below to be entered to win over $580 worth of beauty products from our Breast Cancer Boutique. That’s right! One lucky winner will get a massive gift basket full of gorgeous pink beauty products!

Start thinking pink and share your story of hope below.

**1 winner and 5 runners up will be chosen at random. Post a comment and your inspirational breast cancer story. Giveaway starts on 10/13/10 and ends 10/27/10 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced during the time of 11/1/10 –11/30/10. If any winners do not reply within 5 business days of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.**

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  1. Amy
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I have had the fortune to not be effected by this yet, but I think DermStore is doing a wonderful job in bringing awareness to such an important fight.

  2. Kammi
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I love DermStore. I am soo addcited on shopping online from DermStore. DermStore is my new love. I have a whole bunch of products from DermStore in my bathroom!

  3. Claudia
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    My mother and mother-in-law were diagnosed with Breast Cancer within weeks of each other years ago. It was a terrible time. However, at my young age, I knew it was time to be vigilent with check ups and mamograms. Fortunately, my mother is a survivor and is in wonderful health! Unfortunately, my mother-in-law did not survive. Still, both are /were strong and wonderful women that no one will ever forget!

  4. Debbie W
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    My inspiration comes from my husband. After loosing a breast,and going through reconstructive surgery, I became very self conscious of my appearance. You could say I became a “closet dresser”, hiding myself from mirrors, and avoiding curious glances from my hubby.
    My man showed me through his caring and tender way, that I am beautiful, never to make me feel inadequate as a woman.
    He reminds me that I am a woman, every single day.
    He never gave up on me, even at the lowest of times.
    With his help, I stand up straight, and not afraid to look down and see the scars. I no longer avoid mirrors, and do not fear garments that may show a little cleavage.
    As he puts it. You may have lost a little “skin”, but I still have my Pookie. You gotta love this guy.

    I am the fortunate one!!
    Bill, you are my inspiration, xo

  5. Margaret Robertson
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I really love, and am inspired by, Melissa Etheridge’s song about breast cancer survival, “I Run For Life”.

  6. Sara Clarke
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    My mum is a true inspiration. She has struggled through lots of health issues over the last twenty years. I am truly inspired as she has battled breast cancer, skin cancer and now has to deal with osteoporosis. She never complains and I know that this is what helps her heal.
    Recently she was diagnosed with skin cancer again, I am always thinking of what I can do – and I know that making sure I tell her I love her and letting her know I am always here she will push on through this difficult time.
    I will always remember whenever I feel sick, how much my mum and other people have to deal with everyday – so I don’t complain.
    I feel lucky :) and I feel lucky to have a mum like mine.
    My thoughts are with everyone who goes through this pain.
    Sara

  7. Jackie
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I am lucky enough to not have been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, my sister-in-law was diagnosed 2 years ago. She was blessed to have caught it early and is recovering well!

  8. Amber gi
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    My Bama had breast cancer and had a double masectomy.
    The physical therapy and pain was truly awful for her. She instilled in me a respect for my body and gave me the knowledge to know know how I “felt”. Years before it was on tv or there were pink ribbons, she made sure I knew how to self examine.
    She was one of the toughest ladies I have ever known and I miss her. I have tried to pass on her wisdom to my daughter… a link from one generation to another even though there wasn’t time for them to know each other.

  9. alberto pannunzi
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    good lokk for all

  10. Mary Hollifield
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I am a breast cancer survivor and the minute I was diagnosed I was surrounded by loving and caring people. Even though it was a horrible experience and even after 5 years I am still fearful of a recurrence, all the people that I have encountered in my treatments have been so sweet and thoughtful.

  11. ARLENE FROOMAN
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I am also a breast cancer survivor. I had a masectomy, but it wasn’t as bad as some. I would like to help those that have it worse than me.

  12. olene mccoy
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Okay this is a little different, my cat of 10 years has breast cancer, we found it two months ago, Her name is katy, she has had two surgeries, the latter a very invasive one, we had three options, do nothing, surgury or chemo, the latter would have made her very sick, so we opted with surgury, She’s over the surgury but the cancer came back soon after so the vet told me just to bring her home and love her, and that’s what ive been doing, i had her back recently for acting very lathargic, she got over that and is back home. She’s my baby and i love her very much, together maybe we can make it through , at least some borrowed time. thanks olene

  13. cindy champion
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Luckily I have not been affected by this or my loved ones but I admire the willpower and strength of those who have, as well as their families and friends. I often hear courageous stories of women who have been through this and it makes me wonder how they get through it. I don’t know if I could. I think awareness is very important though and I’m so grateful that there are so many great causes out there and survivors that share their amazing stories and bring hope to the world.

  14. Maureen
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I had been affected by breast cancer because my dear friend and mentor was afflicted with Stage IV breast cancer. She is a survivor and I am so thankful every day that she is alive. She is an inspiration to me and everyone whose life she touches. I always try to give her breast cancer products because she is an active supportor in the breast cancer groups, including American Cancer Society and Susan G Koman. I buy buy breast cancer products, collect donations, and walk in the 3 Day Cure. I would love to win this so I could give it to her at Christmas. She would be very touched and I would love to surprise her for all the love and light she brings to others. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  15. Kayte CookWatts
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    My mom’s best friend was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer a week before her wedding. As a kid, I didn’t really understand the way cancer spread, or why everyone was so scared. I wanted to concentrate on the wedding planning. I remember saying to her-”Boobs are not that important- just cut them off-you’ll still be really pretty.” My silly comment made her laugh until she cried.” Thankfully, she survived, and we still joke about it to this day.

  16. julie
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through treatment chemo the whole intensive treatment. She had surgery to remove the tumor leaving one of her breast disfigured. Not once have I heard her complain or say why me. I am happy to say she is now living cancer free. I hope one day we can find a cure for cancer.

  17. pat beltz
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I really love, and am inspired by, Melissa Etheridge’s song about breast cancer.

  18. JEannine S
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    We have been lucky enough not to be hit by Breast cancer yet. We have had family members pass aways from skin cancer, lung cancer and others. It is a horrible thing to watch and g through

  19. Ellen Neubaur
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I had found a lump in my breast while taking a shower. Luckily it turned out it was just a milk pocket, but did I have the scare of my life.

  20. Carla Eddy
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    My mother and two aunts, her sisters all have had breast cancer and all three have been surviors for many many years.

  21. debbie berman
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I was only 39 years old when i was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I had a 3 year old son and a 6 year old daughter, so i had to stay strong . I had surgery, 4 months od dense dose chemo therapy and a month of radiation treatment. it was a long hard recovery. This month marks 2 anniversaries, my 46th birthday and 6 years cancer free. even though the cancer is gone, i am forever changed i worry about my daughter and my sister and hope they never have to go through what i did. that is why i raise money every year for the american cancer society, we need to find a cure!

  22. Charline Williams
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    The story I want to talk about is more of a testimony of what God can do. I heard of a man who had cancer and one day he went to a pastor for help. the pastor took authority of the cancer and the man became cancer free. As a result of that this person became a believer of Jesus Christ. He is real.

  23. Kenneth Vale
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    a woman dies of breast cancer every minute. early detection so important!

  24. Cindy
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize.

  25. Valerie
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    My story is one we should all learn from. My mom lost her life to breast cancer at a young age. She had a lump for several YEARS before she called a doctor! Her fear was so great, it kept her from seeking treatment. When she finally went….it had spread and she could not be saved. We should all see a doctor IMMEDIATELY if there’s a lump anywhere.

  26. Stacy
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I unfortunately learned about breast cancer at a very early age, as my Grandmother is a survivor from before I was born. Throughout the years, I have lost family members and friends, but I still celebrate the survivors, like my Grandmother.

  27. Karen R.
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    My friend is waiting for her results to come back to see if she really does have cancer. I am scared for her but I’m going to be there for her to help her through this.

  28. Karen L.
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I am a breast cancer survivor. I decided to do a self exam during October which of course Breast Cancer month. It saved my life. I found a lump which wasn’t there for my mammogram the previous June. It was growing fast. After surgery and chemo I am so happy to report that I am doing fine. Its been 4 years this month!!

  29. Lois Watson
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    I am a two time breast survivor. The “episodes” were nine years apart, so don’t go by the old saying “make it five years and you’ve got it beat”. I am one of the fortunate ones…….no chemo or radiation needed due to containment of the cancer.

  30. Cathy S
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    I do not have breast cancer. I have been blessed so far. However, both my mom and her mom had breast cancer, and I saw how the disease affected them. It is a horrible thing to see how this disease affects self esteem and someone’s feelings of self worth. I was blessed to have been a part of my mom’s healing process from breast cancer, but lost her a month after her treatments had ended to a heart attack. My sister and I are very close and continually are active in the fight against breast cancer. We don’t know if it will ever affect us directly, but we continue to fight for those who cannot.

  31. Michell
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    I’m truly thankful for all the research that is being put into finding a cure. Thanks to those who fought hard to bring attention to finding a cure, and thanks to those who will continue the fight!

  32. Jennifer Lehto
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    You’ll see me cringing alot more during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when I see advertising for women to have regular mammograms. And that for most, means blasting delicate breast tissue with radiation! Please request an ultrasound instead of a standard mammogram.

    Breast Cancer is an awful disease. For many women, the odds can be decreased by decreasing your exposure to unnecessary radiation.

  33. Juliette
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    My mother was diagnosed when I was 11. 12 years later, she’s healthier than she’s ever been and she’s committed to finding a cure. As a family doctor, she is a support system and a holistic healer for those affected by cancer. As the daughter of an incredibly strong woman who survived breast cancer, it’s my duty to encourage young women to take preventative steps early and to continue fighting for the cure.

  34. Addie
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    I am grateful for all of researchers and advocates who have dedicated their lives to finding a cure and providing support for those affected by breast cancer.

  35. Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a personal story (thank god) but I help breast cancer patients all the time through my job. The most amazing patients are the ones that can face a stage IV diagnosis with realistic hope. They understand the odds are against them, but they keep up hope that new treatments will work. We are getting better at fighting this disease, but we haven’t won until no one gets it anymore. Please pay attention to your bodies and don’t be afraid to question the doctor if you feel something has been missed. Scans and mammograms are many times helpful, but never 100 percent accurate. If you are going to get it, it is better to catch it early.

  36. Martina
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    My grandmother had cancer, not a breast one. But cancer is cancer, a disease that shakes your life and life of the ones closest to you. She was ill for two years and then she died, cancer spread on her lungs. It was horrible experience which I shared with her but it made us close. We were never close actually, and when she became ill all of her walls tumbled down and she was vulnerable. She was kind of a introverted person, never let anyone in. With her illness we became close, friends. I’ve got to know her and respected her for everything she has gone trough her life. I have seen all the stages of cancer, and I pray to God that they find a cure because I don’t wish to anyone to go trough this. It changed my life. I’m not writing this to win the basket, I’m just writing this because the anniversary of her death was yesterday, and I miss her. And anyone who goes trough this illness should get a medal for bravery.

  37. Elaine
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    I have an aunt who has beaten breast cancer. She has had related problems like cancer in the jaw and a few other ailments. She keeps moving on and lives her life to the fullest. I support a lot of products that contribute to breast cancer. It is the least I can do. I just had a mammogram done this month.It is something us women need to do for ourselves.

  38. Bethany Rohdy
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    My Grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and every year we do a walk for breast cancer fundraiser with grandma, my mother, me. This year I am so happy to bring my own newborn daughter on the walk.

  39. Kate
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I am a graduate student actively involved in breast cancer research. I look for effective treatment method that will specifically target and locate breast cancer, while reducing any side effects from the chemotherapy. I hope my findings will help out many patients out there soon! :)

  40. Shelly
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Hi i was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 34. I had 8 treatments of chemo following 25 treatments of radiation Had a masectomy and continued 52 treatments of Herseptin.Needless to say i have had a long ride . I am married with 2 boys ages 14 and 6 they are my hope. I recently went through reconstruction and now i am feeling back in the sadle .I have one more surgery and than after two and a half years I will be finished.I have grown to appreciate the life we are given everyday…

  41. Jules
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    My inspiration comes from a fellow nursing school student who found out she had breast cancer right after graduation. She dealt with it with such grace and good humor! She inspired us all (her fellow students) to be better people and better nurses! She is in remission now, thank God!

  42. Dana Leigh Martin
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    My grandmother had breast cancer back in 1993 when I was 13 years old. Unfortunately, she lived in a small farming community and part of her culture was to not go to the doctor unless something was broken or hurting. In her case, the cancer in her breast went undetected for many years and by the time she had a mastectomy, the cancer had already spread throughout her body and developed into bone cancer. She only lived six months after her diagnosis of breast cancer, mastectomy, and realization that it had spread to her whole body and that nothing could be done to save her. She was a hard worker all her life, ate well, exercised daily through her farm work, ate well and never smoked or drank. She was only 73 years old and should have lived much longer if she would have only had been educated about yearly mammograms and monthly self checks. She was the backbone of our family and we all miss her so much and hope that soon all women in similar circumstances with my grandma who had little access to developments in healthcare will be educated and informed about preventative medicine. I am 30 years old now and perform monthly self checks and yearly checks by my gynecologist since I know I am at risk for developing it too. I sincerly hope that regardless of income, education, or zip code, all women will be informed about their health.

  43. delia m
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Hello, i have a really close friend that i consider like a mother as well. She was affected with breast cancer to both of her breast and lost on of them. When she was first detected with breast cancer she took kimo and survived….the about a year later she was again affected. And thats when she had her left breast removed there was no way to save her breast. Her story has gave me alot of strength, i have been diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and lost my left kidney and am under supervision of a cancer doctor…..it was not breast cancer but her endurance gave me strength to endure my tribulation. I did not get kimo but thank gos i survived and going on 4yrs of NO CANCER……WOOOOWHOOO…… thank for hearing our stories. And to those that are going thru it be strong and pray and stay positive YOU WILL MAKE IT……AND WE LOVE YOU……

  44. sharon bell
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    MY MOTHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER A FEW YEARS AGO. IT WAS A LUMP IN ONE BREAST. THEY CAUGHT IT EARLY AND SHE HAD A LUMPECTOMY AND RADIATION AND IS STILL CANCER FREE. SHE FACED IT WITH SUCH GRACE AND COURAGE. I WANT TO BE LIKE HER IF I FACE THAT. I DID HAVE A SCARE ONE YEAR AFTER A MAMAGRAM. ONE PART OF MY BREAST WAS DENCE AND WE HAD TO DO ANOTHER TO MAKE SURE SOMETHING WASN’T HIDING IN THAT DENSE AREA. I DON’T MIND TELLING YOU THAT WAS SCAREY WHILE I WAITED FOR THE VERDICT. IT TURNED OUT OKAY, IN THE DENSE AREA. I WOULD HAVE TO WORK AT IT TO BE LIKE MY MOTHER. THANK GOD FOR THIS LITTLE GIRL WHO GREW UP TO BE MY MOM.

  45. Loraine Davis
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor but I will never forget what I went through as I had a lumpectomy and chemo /radiation, then had to have a bilateral mastecomy after going through all of that. The next day after surgery they were rushing me out of the door, only 2 weeks of leave and they were rushing me back to work. It is quite an ordeal to handle mentally and as well as physically. I have since lost many family members to cancer, I am the only one of my immediate family left and only a few cousins. I thank God for the strength to overcome it all and am thankful for each day. I was left with neuropathy in my fingers and feet from the drug Taxol given during chemo and have just been diagnosed with
    lupus of the skin which is immune disease I think caused by the chemo as well. Boobs a woman does not make!! We will survive and be the best we can be. Thanks to all of the understanding family and friends of the survivors and the Koman foundation.

  46. sharon bell
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I COULDN’T JUST WRITE EARLIER ABOUT MY MOM AND NOT TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY FRIEND, BEA THAT I DID LOSE TO BREAST CANCER. SHE WENT FOR HER MAMAGRAM AND THEY CALLED HER BACK TO GIVE HER THE BAD NEWS. BREAST CANCER IN ONE BREAST AND IN HER LIMP NODES ALSO. SHE LOST HER JOB, SHE FOUGHT A WONDEROUS BATTLE. I WENT WITH HER A FEW TIMES FOR HER CHEMO. SHE WAS THE BRIGHT STAR IN THE DARK DREARY LIVES ON SOME WHO WERE THERE. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL LISTNER TO ALL AND ENCOURAGED OTHERS WITH SUCH A SWEET DISPOSITION, KNOWING THAT SHE WOULD DIE OF CANCER WITHOUT A MIRACLE. DURING THE FEW SHORT YEARS SHE WOULD TALK WITH GOD, ONE DAY SHE TOLD HIM SHE LOVED TO TRAVEL BUT HAVING BELOW POVERTY LEVEL INCOME SHE DIDN’T SEE A WAY BUT HE COULD MAKE THAT HAPPEN. WELL ONE DAY I WAS CLEANING FOR A CLIENT AT THEIR HOUSE AND I HEARD THAT LADY SAY, “WE CAN’T SEND THE RETIRING PASTOR AND WIFE’S CAT ON AN AIRPLANE WE WILL NEED SOMEONE TO DRIVE IT TO THEM. I DIDN’T KNOW AT THAT TIME THAT WHAT BEA HAD BEEN PRAYING, BUT GOD DID. I TOLD THE LADY THAT I WOULD DRIVE THE CAT AND SOME SMALL PERSONAL ITEMS TO ABLBEQUIRKY, NM. I CALLED BEA AND ASKED HER IF SHE WOULD ACCOMPANY ME ON THE TRIP AND SHE SAID YES IN THE MIDST OF TEARS. BY THE WAY THE TRIP WAS ALL PAID FOR, VEHICLE, PHONE, CHARGE CARD AND I ALSO WAS PAID HOURLY. GOD IS GOOD. WELL BEA WAS ALSO VERY EXCITED ABOUT N.M. TRIP BECAUSE SHE LOVES HOT AIR BALLOONS. IT WAS A GREAT TRIP. MONTHS AFTER THAT TRIP THE CANCER TOOK HOLD IN HER BACK AND SHE MOVED IN WITH ON OF HER DAUGHTERS IN THE COUNTRY. SHE TOLD ME THAT A HOT AIR BALOON LANDED IN THE PASTURE NEXT TO HER, WHAT A TREAT. SHE HAD BEEN TELLING GOD SHE WOULD LOVE TO SEE A HOT AIR BALLOON. SHE DIED A FEW MONTHS LATER WITH CANCER SPREADING TO HER BRAIN. I CAN TELL YOU TO THIS DAY I KNOW SHE STILL BELIEVES IN MIRACLES. SHE ALSO BELIEVES THAT WE ALL AS HUMAN BEING NEED TO BE QUICK ON FORGIVING PEOPLE WHO HAVE WRONGED US. SHE BELIEVED THAT THE HARBORING OF SUCH UNFORGIVENESS AND HATE WAS THE ROOT OF HER CANCER. SO I KNOW SHE HAS FORGIVEN AND IS IN HEAVEN WAITING FOR THIS FREIND TO SHOW. OH WHAT A STRONG FAITHED WOMAN THAT WALKED THIS EARTH. I MISS YOU BEA.

  47. Leslie Petersen
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    So many people I know and love have been affected by this and thankfully, they have survived due to our education and our awareness. Hopefully my daughters will be able to say there is a CURE! Let’s keep up the hard work!

  48. Jennifer Anderson
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Funny thing about this blog,I got an email today about a chance to win a gift bag of products if I blog about my breast cancer story,so this is october again,breast cancer awareness month,I thought I would share a little story of life and love.my best friend is from down south,very south.my friend found herself working with lots of stray dogs,some of them being sick.down there is a huge amount of unwanted dogs,so one day my friend found a very sick pit-hound mix,she picked her up off the side of a highway after being hit by 2 cars,just to find this scaired little girl has parvo.so my friend started caring for her,named her hope,as that is all she had at that time.after a lot of treatments hope started getting better,her leg had to be removed,but everything was looking up.hope and my friend became one in the same,always together.2 years go by and hope started getting very sick again and the pain was so hard for my friend,hope was diagnosed with cancer,omg my friend thought she could pull her out of anything,so hope started treatment,she could see just enough to tell hope was just holding on 4 something,my friend had gone 4 a chk up at her doctor,and you all know what happened,my best friend in the whole world had breast cancer.all I could think about is her taking care of herself.I went south so I could try 2 help,and all my friend could think about is HOPE.she put everything she had into saving Hope,I think in her mind if Hope can make it then she can too.Hope last her life 9 weeks later,so this story of love and life can change at anytime,everyday is a challenge but the determination of a very sick dog showed my best friend life is worth living.the funny thing is I just found Dermstore a short time ago and I love it,I was sent a beautiful bag off goodies that I sent to my best friend,she loves that kind of stuff,anything to help take her mind off of her cancer,sometimes it can take just a little bottle of something,thinking maybe this one can help me look better.I feel beauty is from within and I love the way dermstore seems to always seem to offer nice stuff.the free stuff is just a bonus.

  49. Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    When my Grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she stayed composed. She faced it with dignity. When she had a mastectomy, she never complained. My Grandmother accepted breast cancer as an unpleasant life interruption, but her cancer was never given the satisfaction of ruining her life.

  50. Melanie
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    My maternal grandmother survived breast cancer, twice! Each time she was diagnosed, she stayed focused and positive. I believe she was trying to teach her grandchildren to face your uphill battles in life with courage and determination. She beat breast cancer both times and I am so proud of her for her strength, spirit and her willingness to be a role model. Love you, Gram.

  51. Brianna
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    My maternal grandmother survived breast cancer. I remember her journey from her abnormal mammogram 6 years ago to her most recent appointment with her oncologist. The hundreds of stressed hours waiting for her to be finished with her chemo treatments. The summer she was so weak she couldn’t keep up with her volunteer work, our church sent the priest to visit her. No matter what her energy level was My Grandmother always remained calm, smiled, and made sure she was well dressed. I am grateful to her because she taught me no matter the circumstances, to cherish each day.

  52. Gurpreet
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I am fortunate that none of the woman had breast cancer in my family. It is really great that there are so many products available which does not cause damage to body. All the products woman use nowadays are filled with so many toxic chemicals that it get hard to breathe sometime. I really admire Dermstore for their effort, courage, and helping women. I got to know about Dermstore while searching for natural beauty products. I help people and tell them that they should be more careful about what they put on their body because body absorb everything. I really appreciate this site.
    Thank you!

  53. Paige Avery
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I have lost too many family members to cancer
    and I grew up never knowing a grandparent because
    all my grandmothers and grandfathers had died before i
    was ever born and I know that my parents wished that
    they were there to see me be born and when my school
    has grandparents day it was sad because I never had a
    chance to know what a grandparent even was

  54. Wanda
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Such a serious disease and thanks to research and early detection we are winning the battle. Thanks for running this contest to bring greater visibility to such an important cause.

  55. Angela
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My grandma survived breast cancer for about 20years after the treament. She was always optimistic although lost breasts after the surgery. I was inspired by her. Never give, if there is a chance to survive.

  56. Sharon
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Have a coworker who was religious about getting her mammogram every year, and had been doing so for over ten years. She ate well, exercised, and had a great sense of humor.

    She went in for her yearly exam, and they found a type of “sheet” cancer, that doesn’t usually show up on the mammogram. She went in for a biopsy the next day — was stage four. She survived!! Had the best breast doctor in Sacramento — no names, but the breast cancer stamp is his doing! She has lived to enjoy her grandkids, and is truly an inspiration!

  57. MEREDITH
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    My inspirational story is about my Grandmother who had breast cancer and lost her battle to cancer in 2001. Her love, her life, and her legacy are still with me everyday. I still miss her everyday. She inspired everyone she touched to be a better person, to make family and friends your number one priority, and to have faith when all hope is lost.

  58. Cecilia
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Five years ago, my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was in college at the time, and started a campaign at my college campus to raise money for breast cancer awareness. My best friend was very touched by my efforts. Even though there was nothing more that I could’ve done for her, I felt that the least I could do was to raise awareness in my community. She survived breast cancer, and I hope many other women will too.

  59. Mel
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had many family members who has battled cancer and I am reminded everyday that life is just so precious.

  60. Joanne McDonald
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m elated my best friend, Vicki has survived Breast Cancer.
    We have been friends for 33 years and “we GET each other.”
    She knows the essence of me and me, her. We now live in different states, but, when we talk it’s like we have never been apart. We have a special totally irreplacable friendship.

  61. Tari
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I had a client one day come in and I commented on how pretty her pink rhinestone ribbon pin was and she smiled and handed it to me saying, “My mother made it through, Thank the lord, we almost lost her but now is doing very well!” She then thanked me and gifted it to me and said for me to pass it along when needed!
    Few years later while doing a younger clients eyebrows she bursts into tears!! Talking to her she told me her family just found out that her mom had breast cancer. While comforting her and teaching her positive affirmations to say I handed her the pin.
    I received a letter a few weeks later thanking me. Turns out the young adult’s mother was the same woman who passed on the original pin to me…….

    Always be kind because you never know what people are going through!

  62. jennie
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer after my first mamogram and opted to have have a bilateral mastectomy with construction. It is by far the hardest thing I have encountered but was fortunate that it had not spread. I never realized what all was involved until then. Everyone be sure to get checked and do self breast exams. The sooner the better!

  63. Kim Schneider
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    My daughter’s step-mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. She has had a single mastecomy, and is still fighting for her life, as it has spread to many other places in her body. She has shown so much strength with all shes been through. She has brought breast cancer awareness to my attention, because she is so young. So at 37 I had my first mamogram. That day all the nurses I came in contact with were surprised I was doing a mamogram at 37, they all said 40 was the “normal” age to start having a yearly mamogram. To my surprise, about a week later I received a call from my doctor saying they found something and want me to come in to be checked again. I was so scared and wanted to get in as soon as possible. THANK GOD, it wasn’t cancer, but a tumor that COULD turn into cancer. I now must get checked every year to watch everything. Seeing what my friend has went through with her breast cancer, I am still afraid. Do not wait until you are 40. If you feel any lumps, bumps or just uneasy feelings telling you to go get checked, JUST GO GET CHECKED!! It may save your life if you find it soon enough. It will give you peace of mind, as well as strength to talk to your girlfriends about getting a mamogram as well. I pray everyday breast cancer doesn’t take a wife, mother, step-mother, sister, friend, aunt, cousin or grandmother from anyone. We are all together in this ladies. Get a mamogram!!

  64. Susan Brickey
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I Get my inspiration from my family, co-workers and friends. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer January 2009. When my co-workers found out they rallied around me with love and support. While I went on with treatment I received cards, phone calls and visits. Their prayers and well wishes carried me through the tough times. My husband has been with me every step. After working all day he would rush home to take care of me and never complained.
    I am a year and 9months out and my Dr says I am all-star. No cancer!! I have not felt as well as I do now In over 2 years. I thank God every day for giving me the life I have and the chance to find out how important people are in my life. Cancer was a terrible way to find out how blessed I am in life, but I am thankful for all I have been given!

  65. SAKINA GAZANFAR
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Dermstore is doing an amazing job, welldone & keep it up, by the way one of my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, even though that time was difficult for all of us, but she used to console us all & faced it with great strength, and finally got cured through surgery, now all my friends and my relatives are quiet particular about getting themselves checked frequently, thanx for letting others know about breast cancer who take it lightly, i just pray may god saves everyone from this dreadful disease

  66. SANDRA
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Too many loved ones are affected and lost to breast cancer. We must continue to the fight to find a cure.

  67. Aileen
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    My mom was diagnosed back in ’92 and still going strong today! Thanks Dermstore for reinforcing the message that early detection is key!

  68. Claudia M
    Posted October 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    my sister is a breast cancer survivor and after she was feeling well enough we are walking proudly the breast cancer fundraiser walk every year !

    our Motto – never give up !

  69. Beverly Maye
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank You Remember those gone and those yet to come

  70. Barbara Morris
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I am a seven year survivor – with one sister who is an eleven year survivor and one who is a two year survivor – I am most proud of the fact that we were not defined by breast cancer – we faced it head on – my sisters with lumpectomies and some radiation and chemo and me with a bilateral mastectomy (it was in both breasts) and reconstruction – and then got on with our lives and are all happy and healthy. We have taken responsibility for ensuring it does not return, and if it does, we will detect it early – we exercise, get tested regularly and know that we must be vigilent to ensure our health.

  71. Erma Jean
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    The first two things I want to emphasize is number one please no more mamogams sonograms only mamograms do no not pick up on every detail and sometimes the one who does your mamogram rushes you through not paying close attention. My nipple was changing in shape and she said my mamagram was negative, three months later I noticed it was painful to lay on my left side and the nipple was getting larger, I the found a lump and called my primary Doctor he called me in right away sent me through the necessary prolonged exams required. My diagnoses “DCIS Evasive life theatening Carconoma” I am 71 years old and I am scared to death thinking about having my breast cut off. I prayed a lot
    not knowing if the cancer had gone into my lymph nodes this would be extreamly seriouse. The cancer was found in June and the surgery was not untill August 27, 2010 Ohhh the agonizing wait to find out if it had moved into my lymph nodes or not. The day of the surgery I was exactly on time for the surgery however the receptionist did not call anyone to take me back to the surgery room so I was left in the reception room for a half an hour of which the surgeon was very angry at me and reams me out for not being on time as a Lay on the gerney with an IV in my arm scared to death wondering why was he blaming me so I tried to explain the situation to him oh boy was I upset. Well there I was half knocked out, what was I going to do get up and walk out I don’t think so. After the surgery I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a train or maybe my arm had been removed. The dry heaves were so bad that the drain under my armpit fell out and my plastic surgeon reamed me out for in front of my daughter and she shut him up real quick. The second criteria for the Doctors is please learn a LITTLE compassion.I have been waiting for my recontruction surgery since August 27th 2010. The surgery was suppose to be Oct 18th and the blood work got mixed up so now I am supposed to be getting surgery on Nov 1st This has been plain torture and I am not a complaining type personality I am praying that I live through the rest of this as I am not looking forward to it. There is a happy ending they say they got it all and there is only a six percent chance that it will return. The moral of this story is sonograms and more compassion from the Dr’s.

  72. Suzi K
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    MY Mother by proxy had breast cancer and had a double mastetomy. She was a fighter and with her Raquel (wig) she fought it with all she had. At around the time my real Mom found out she had kidney canacer,when it was in stage 4 already, my Mom-by-proxy’s breast cancer had matastized and was all through her. They both lost the fight about 11 months apart 2007 and 2008. I loved them both and miss them both. They were as opposite as opposites could be and Proxy Mom used to say to my Mom that she better go first so that she could pull her up in Heaven or there was no saving her. They are always in my heart and my memories and I will always love them.

  73. Lynn
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I am the youngest of 4. When I was 12, my mom found a lump the size of a pea in her left breast. Back then..they told her to keep an eye on it. They had her wait a year! She had a mastectomy and the lymph nodes removed. No radiationor chemo. She didn’t feel the need for reconstructive surgery. She was 37 and thankful to be alive so she could continue raising us kids.
    Needless to say…I had my first annual mammogram at 37 and do my monthly self exams. She is now 72, an absolutely amazing women and I love her dearly.

  74. Jess Sawyer
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I know a wonderful woman who had breast cancer and she won the battle. She is a brave individual who really fought to get rid of her cancer. She found renewed hope in humanity during this whole experience. She saw that there are still wonderful people out there that wanted to help and stood by her during her brave battle. She is a survivor and she is an inspiration to women everywhere. It is important to show that women get through this disease and believe that they can fight the good fight. Love to all those women who have had breast cancer. BELIEVE in yourself and your support system.

  75. Carla m
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Cancer has touched my family in many ways and forms. I have lost a sister to cancer and a brother-in-law. I myself have had cancer (not breast) and was lucky enough to catch it in time.
    One of my closest friends right now is struggling with breast cancer and has been battling it for over 6 yrs. I go over to help the family out as much as possible since on top of the cancer she has a steel rod in her back from back surgery. It is amazing to watch her strengh and everyone elses strentgh to battle cancer.
    To me everyone who battles any form of cancer and the people who stand along side with them are amazing.

  76. andie
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    My Grandma turned 90 three years ago. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 bc. Still living in her own apartment and with the mind and body of a 60 year old (heck, maybe 50!), she decided to have a mastectomy and truly “go for it” not giving up on life and all that she had left to see and do. See she has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adore her. SUCCESS! Three years later she is doing great and still living on her own. She now has a great-GREAT-grandchild. No matter your age, get those mammograms done and don’t give up. She is truly my hero.

  77. Wendy Thompson (won)
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    My story of love, courage and hope comes down to three words:

    Olivia Grace Thompson.

    Olivia is the strongest girl I have ever know or will ever know in my lifetime. To be her mother is a truly a blessing. When she was 3 she was diagnosed with cancer. She fought it valiantly and without complaint until the end, which came 8.5 years later.

    Her mantra throughout her life, treatment and pain was “Breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.” When I told her through my tears that last time that the cancer was back (just before we were going to go out for the evening) I then asked her if she still wanted to go out, or if she’d rather just stay home. She said to me “Mommy, if we just stay home we’ll just sit here and cry. Now let’s go out and have some fun.”

    As death became more imminent she told me she didn’t want to die yet…she had too much to do on this earth. Yet with those feelings inside of her, she took it upon herself to become my comforter as I mourned the last few weeks. Whenever she’d see me crying she would put her arms around me and tell me “Don’t worry mommy. Just breathe in the light, and blow out the darkness.”

    I believe she was first called to heaven four days before she decided to go, because she woke up that morning and told me ‘they’ had come for her – that she’d seen the lights but didn’t want to go yet. I am sure she stayed to share that bit of eternal hope with me before going.

    Through more surgeries than I have fingers, more challenges than I’ll ever face if I live to be 101 and more pain than one 11 year old girl should ever have to know….Olivia is the epitome of courage, hope and love.

    And love never dies.

  78. Katy
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I work with a lady who has been battling breast cancer for 4 years now with such grace!! I have also lost an aunt to breast cancer

  79. Donna K
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    My aunt had breast cancer. She was very brave because she had just lost her husband, my uncle, to cancer. She is OK now. I hate cancer!

  80. Posted October 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    My inspirational story comes from mother a Breast Cancer survivor and I’m nominating her as a strong woman who fought breast cancer, through thick and thin. I admire her and adore her more than words could describe. She is my hero, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer I wasn’t sure what that meant until I was older it breaks my heart to think of what she went through. As her only daughter I’m at a greater risk of having breast cancer. She lost a lot after breast cancer, the chemotherapy and surgery made her lose herself. The world should be more aware of Breast Cancer its taking over woman’s lives.

  81. Barb
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I picked up some sunscreen for a friend and when I paid for it they gave me a complimentary gift of Eminence couperose-C. I was excited to try it on my skin which often has worry-spots (hives)that are itchy and painful. It was like miracle serum it relieved the painfulness and stopped the itching and even took the redness out of the spots. Healing began and my skin looks beautiful. I’m almost out of serum so I plan to purchase more ASAP. I love this stuff.

  82. April
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I take care of my health through self-exams, a healthy diet & exercise. I try to manage stress. I also try to use more natural products.

  83. Beth
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

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