Prepare to be inspired by these three brave women

IMAGINE this: you've lost your mother and grandmother to aggressive cancer and while you're enjoying being a mum for the first time, you to get the news that you too have an 85% likelihood of breast cancer and a 40% chance of ovarian cancer.

At 27, you undergo a double mastectomy and make plans to have your fallopian tubes removed.

Imagine this: You're in your prime, the pinnacle of your health, a triathlete preparing for your next race when you are diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, five years later as you're about to celebrate your remission, the disease returns.

Imagine this: You're working with children in Vietnam affected by Agent Orange, when you find a lump in your breast is triple negative breast cancer - the Angelina Jolie gene.

More than 15,000 grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters - even grandfathers, fathers, brothers and sons - will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The statistics are real: one-in-eight women will contract the disease by the time they turn 85.

Of the 15,000 diagnoses each year, 800 women will only be in their 20s and 30s. About 125 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite improvements in diagnosis and treatment, seven will lose their lives to the disease today.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This week we share the inspiring stories of three women living with breast cancer.

While each is different, they are equally moving.

If there's one thing that unites them, it's a burning desire to savour a life well-lived and offer others hope.


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