We’re sisters, so our story started way back …
But this story started in December 2016 when Tara was diagnosed with breast cancer. WTF ?! We had no family history. (Less than 15% of patients do.) She was 37 years old. Never even had a mammogram. Fortunately, her husband is a hands-on guy. Thanks, Steve.
Tara starts a rigorous course of treatment (chemo, radiation & surgery). Lisa is now in a high-risk category (being a 1st degree relative doubles your lifetime risk).
After the longest 14 months of our lives, especially Tara’s, she’s given a clean bill of health. The doctors sent her on her way. “Come back in a year for a mammogram.”
So we booked our appointments.
But what were we supposed to do the other 364 days a year?
We realized we hadn’t paid much attention to our breasts.This seemed crazy when we thought about how much time and money we spend on every other body part—our vanities and pantries were well-stocked but why didn’t we have anything for our boobs?
We read. We scrolled. We talked and texted a thousand times a day. The deeper we dug, the more we discovered: there’s a lot we can do to improve breast health. But beyond mammograms and self-exams, no one was talking to us about it—not our moms or doctors, not even our friends. So we started talking with each other, and with experts and now, with you.