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survive + thrive podcast

Powerful, inspirational, and emotional conversations with women as they share their journeys through breast cancer. Every story will be unique. Every story is worth hearing.



Lauren Miller

If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain "move!" and it will move... and nothing will be impossible to you.

Pat Boury

Be kind, for everyone is fighting a harder battle.

Anna Cluxton

Everything will be ok in the end. And if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.

Lenore Cereghini

You’re amazing. You’re stronger than you know. You’re more beautiful than you think. You’re more loved than you can ever imagine.

Erin Henry

We're all just walking each other home.

Elsie Young

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine....

Cortnee Phifer

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Linda May

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

Mary Cameron

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!

Lauren & Pat

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Pauline Russ

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

breast cancer resources

sur·vi·vor /sərˈvīvər/ noun

One who remains alive and continues to function during and after overcoming a serious hardship or life-threatening disease. In cancer, a person is considered to be a survivor from the time of diagnosis until the end of life. (National Cancer Institute)

breast cancer facts

  • Approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with increasing age. Approximately 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. (
  • Pregnancy associated breast cancer is defined as breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy or in the first postpartum year. Breast cancer affects approximately 1 in 3000 pregnant women and is the second most common malignancy affecting pregnancy. The average age of women with pregnancy associated breast cancer is 32 to 38 years. (NCBI)
  • The two main types of invasive breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma. Invasive ductal type cancers arise from the breast ducts and account for approximately 80% of breast cancers; invasive ductal cancers can be divided into multiple subtypes, including tubular, medullary, mucinous, papillary, and others. Invasive lobular cancers arise from the breast lobules and account for approximately 10% of invasive breast cancers. (NCBI)
  • Since 1990, breast cancer mortality has decreased by 40% in White women but has only decreased by 26% in African American women. The age at diagnosis of breast cancer is younger in African American women, as African American women are more likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50. The triple-negative subtype, which has a poorer outcome and occurs at a younger age, is also more common in African American women than in White women. There are also additional barriers to screening mammography for African American women, including less contact with a primary health care provider as well as a decreased perceived risk of having breast cancer. (SBI)
  • The median age of diagnosis of breast cancer for women in the United States is age 62. Approximately 4 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer in the US are younger than age 40. According to the current report, the risk that a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30’s is only 0.49%, or 1 in 204. While those percentages are very low, this amounts to approximately 12,000 new breast cancer cases each year in women under age 40.
  • Breast cancer tissue is tested to see if the cells have three main markers. These markers are the estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and the HER2 protein. A cancer can be positive or negative for each of these three markers, which can help direct specific treatments and can also help determine how fast or slow the cancer may grow.
  • After lumpectomy, all of the tissue removed from the breast is examined carefully to see if cancer cells are present in the margins, or the outside edges of the tissue. If cancer cells are found in the margins extending out to the edge of the breast tissue that was removed, the breast surgeon will perform additional surgery (called re-excision) to remove the remaining cancer. Re-excision lumpectomy, or simply re-excision, means surgically re-opening the lumpectomy site to try to remove a margin of tissue that is cancer-free. It is an accepted expectation that a small percentage of patients will require re-excision to obtain clear margins after breast conservation surgery. (Breast Cancer Org)
  • The Young Survival Coalition is a premier nonprofit organization dedicated to all young breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors. YSC now has an international reach, although started as a grassroots organization in 1998 by a couple of young breast cancer survivors, who recognized a need for more research, conversation, community, and resources for young women with breast cancer. Today, YSC has more than 170 face to face local networking groups, a vibrant online community, and the largest conference program dedicated exclusively to young adults with breast cancer and their caregivers. YSC also produces free educational resources, including comprehensive guide books that address every phase of treatment and survivorship. You can learn more about the YSC on their website at
Bess Gossage

Elisa DiMeo

about the podcast

Every story will be unique. Every story is worth hearing.

Welcome to survive + thrive! We are so excited to introduce our new podcast, "survive + thrive ~ conversations with young breast cancer survivors." Bess Gossage and Elisa DiMeo co-host this new podcast series, where they will share conversations they have with women who have been affected by breast cancer.

Join us as we feel the full range of emotions with these patients, as they share their raw and real feelings that come with their personal breast cancer journeys. These women's stories and journeys will be emotional at times, but they will also be informative. They will share stories of hope and triumph, but also how they navigated their way through the tough and uncertain times. Their experiences can offer hope and relatability to others who may be listening and going through, or have gone through, a similar journey.

We remember that, although we still lose women to breast cancer by far, the majority of women experiencing this diagnosis survive! And they not only survive after breast cancer, but they thrive in living their best life. We are honored to share the powerful stories of these amazing young women with you

Welcome to survive + thrive!