Once every few months, we like to feature a personal story about a breast cancer survivor on NBwebexpress.com. We open this up to anyone and everyone visiting the site. Interested applicants enter their story for us online; we read each and every story submitted. They are all incredible stories, but once every so often, we come across a story that really touches our hearts beyond all others. For this month, it was Bethany Allen's story that grabbed our attention.
Bethany Allen was only 25 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, she was graduating from law school, had earned a sought after FBI internship, and she was training for a marathon. She never suspected cancer was in her future.
But after the diagnosis, after the treatments, after the battles, Bethany took charge of her disease. Despite the surgeries and chemotherapy, she graduated from law school, ran her marathon and beat the odds. She still has another year of treatments to go, but she has a fresh perspective on life.
Being in the mid-twenties myself, this story really hit home for me. It was not long ago that I was graduating from graduate school, starting my career and dreaming of the future. I can only imagine what Bethany went through during such an important time in a young woman's life. We think we are invincible in our twenties; but really we are never prepared for the unexpected turns of life. Her story has taught me to never take anything for granted because tomorrow may not be there.
Read her touching story on our Lace Up for the Cure page. It's a great story for the holidays and shows us all that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible; even beating cancer.