1. Interviewing Friends - Claudine James and Pamela Lewis

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    The two friends, Claudine and Pamela interview each other about their breast cancers, discovering more about each other throughout the conversation. Claudine James Named after an actress, Claudine grew up in Alabama in a “village concept”, where everyone knew each other. Now a thirty-nine year old attorney, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 and was not comfortable with the idea at all, asking “what is wrong with me?” Learning that “cancer is not a death sentence”, she is a shopping addict, traveler, tennis lover and does volunteer work in her free time and prides herself in her star sign, Capricorn, defined by patience and giving. Pamela Lewis “history can repeat itself, but in order to change the course of history, you have to know history” Growing up in a neighborhood that her grandfather integrated, stubborn, passionate and hard-working Pamela is a “non-stop dancer.” She is 40 years old, but wishes she was 25. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she opened up and started researching everything, studying and going to conferences, so she could be knowledgeable about the disease. Working as a psychological studies coordinator at MD Anderson, she persists in saying that “silence is not the answer, and that is what we are so accustomed to in our culture” and encourages everyone to be aggressive, vocal advocates for those who are being diagnosed now.”

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    • Raymond Series

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      A 3-part series following Raymond Johnson's battle with breast cancer. This story was done over a few months with WCIV anchor Victoria Hansen. It started as a story about a man who was denied Medicaid because he's not a woman. It evolved from there.

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      • Breast Cancer in Younger Women

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        Meredith Cronin had it all. Beautiful home. Loving husband. Three children, including a baby girl. “Two months after I finished nursing her I noticed I still had some of what I thought were clogged milk ducts, so I went to my GYN and he said let’s go ahead and do a mammogram.” It put Meredith on a quite unexpected path. At 36, she expected to rule out breast cancer, not confirm it. “I’ve had breast cancer in my family but it’s post-menopausal. No one has had it this young, no one else in my family,” says Cronin. What started as the earliest and most treatable form of breast cancer, intraductal carcinoma, quickly spread. “I did have two places where the tumor was starting to come out of the milk ducts so that brought me to stage one. When they did the mastectomy they found it in a lymph node so that’s when I went up to stage two,” says Cronin. Cancer in young women is typically caught at later stages because no one is looking. Mammograms aren’t recommended under age 40, so it often comes down to women being diligent about changes in their body. “Five percent of breast cancer happens in individuals under the age of 40. With Meredith she felt a mass after she finished breast feeding,” says Dr. Lea Blackwell, a breast surgical oncologist on the medical staff of Lee Memorial Health System. Based on her age and the extent of cancer, Meredith underwent an aggressive double mastectomy. “This is something that if we waited a little bit longer that it potentially could have gotten worse in the interim of just observation,” says Dr. Blackwell. Now finished with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she hopes her story will be an example. “Through this whole thing you realize how blessed you are. I always think ‘oh everything’s going to be fine, I’m sure it’s nothing’ and it was,” says Cronin. Meredith is living proof that cancer is ageless. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • “The Miracle Woman” - Fe Crawford

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          A “child prodigy”, Fe graduated college with a nursing degree at the age of 18. At the age of 71, she is now a full-time nurse educator, zumba and belly dancer and an open, calm individual. She shares her birthday with her son and cherishes her husband, Tony, along with her belief in God and miracles. Termed “the miracle woman” by her students because she beat both breast and lung cancer, she spent a long time accepting the fact that she was affected. However, with her family and belief, she has found the strength to go on and lives a fulfilled and active life, with a relaxed attitude consisting of: “and why not?”

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          • Strength and a Clear Mind - Lisa Millenbah

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            “If I could tell my cancer anything, I would tell it, ‘thank you’” Lisa, a breast cancer patient and survivor, is a determined and driven individual. In this video, she discusses her battle, her strength and the fact that cancer reminded her of what a strong support system within and outside of her family she has. A calm individual, Lisa assessed her cancer with a clear mind and took her “feelings from their rawest point” and got them to a “point where I can analyze them.” She was never in denial about the situation and dealt with the disease using humor and positivity. “seeing the lighter side of the situation lets off some of the pressure and allows you to go into that difficult situation and make decisions,” she observes. MD Anderson 09-04-18 (Apr 18, 09)

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            • Judy Gulgan

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              “The two things that I really feared most in my life were originally being alone and cancer.” Soon to be fifty, Judy talks with her friend Denise about her bilateral mastectomy, her greatest fears and gives advice to her daughter about breast cancer. Having gone through a divorce at the same time, Judy maintains a very positive outlook on life and cherishes the support of her family and friends. The hardest part for her has been patience and the ability to deal with things that are out of her control. However, throughout her journey, she has learned that “people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime and I truly believe that.”

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              • 226,870

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                A short philm depicting a family’s real-life journey to surprise their mother, who is celebrating her 20th year of being breast cancer free. A generous group of family and friends came together to raise $2,670 for breast cancer research in honor of the celebration. Be the difference: www.nationalbreastcancer.org, www.komen.org, www.cancer.org/fightbreastcancer Song by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - "Home" www.live432.com .God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers O)

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                • Barbells for Boobs Southwest Advocates at Work

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                  The CrossFit Games - Southwest Regionals is now over and we had three incredible Barbells for Boobs Advocate athletes fighting for the podium - Kristen Olson, Matt Hathcock and Jasmine Dever - THANK YOU for being a strong voice for the breast cancer cause!

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                  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer Honorees 2008 excerpt

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                    Living Beyond Breast Cancer honors four survivors who have made a difference. Produced and edited by John Knapich of Assembly.

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                    • Karen's Words

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                      Karen briefly shares how cancer has changed her life.

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