Patients, family, caregivers and friends have submitted stories to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These stories are provided for purposes of encouragement and sometimes even humor. Not all of these writers are finished with their treatments. These are their stories in their own words. They can provide hope and reflect their joy in spite of being thrown into the unknown territory of the IBC community.

Inspirational stories of hope, help, and memories:

Anne Abate, Anya SilverCalli Armstrong, CLB, Jackie Arnold, Sonja Brady, Dolores Briere, Kathy Casey’s Mother, Theresa Corbin, Linda Cox, Laney Cummings, Terri Gaulkin’s Mother, Dorothy (Dottie) Geary, Noreen Grasse, Lesa Graybill, Nancy Gruici, Shawn Hupp, Phyllis Johnson, Jerry’s Wife, Laurie Lee, Gayla Little, Susan Lonon, Margaret Lucy, Jean Lyles, Cathy McEvoy, Kay McQueen, Chari Marron, Ginny Mason, Jo Pabon’s Mother, Peggy, Linda Rush, Liz San Roman, Sandy Savin, Doracina Smith’s Husband, Lee Smith, Sherry Smith, Bärbel Stanley, Kate StrosserTrisha Tester, Debbie Van De Reit, Sarah Zander.

Mistaken explanations of IBC Symptoms Given by Medical Professionals

Read these and shake your head in amazement!

Essays by those touched by Inflammatory Breast Cancer

What You Can Do For Me by Trisha Tester
“I have noticed that people don’t always know what to say to me any more, or what to do to help. Most people are loving, caring souls who really do want to help, but have no clue what I need. To try to help you help me, I have made a list.”

Friends, Cancer, and the Support Community by Mare Kirschenbaum
“That is the wonderful part of a support group, whether it’s online or face-to-face. These are people that do understand exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through and are so very able to relate.”

Post-Treatment Depression: What to Expect and What to Do by Gayla Little
” In my former profession as a mental health counselor, I have worked with a lot of depressed people and I have also been able to observe my own emotional responses since the beginning of treatment and they hold true with what we know about depression in general.”