Breast Cancer’s Grip

My mother's story.

A little over a year ago, my mom called to tell me she had been diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. The steadiness in her voice and the positive outlook she inhabited set the tone for her year of treatment, which was consumed with doctor’s appointments and weeks of feeling miserable. She told me, “I don’t think you ever totally understand how much your body can fail you until you go through something like this.” In this last year, we became closer, and we’re thankful she’s now cancer-free. The following stories encapsulate her journey, from her perspective and mine.


My mom and I in Tacoma. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 and is finishing treatment in December

Part One:

A Pink Rose: Breast Cancer’s Grip


My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016, and through our mother-daughter Q&A, she explains her emotional experience.

Part Two:

My Mom’s Journey Through Breast Cancer


My mom and I posing in Tacoma

Part Three:

Cancer Research Saved My Mom’s Life


My mom, Nancy Rowe, posing in Tacoma

Part Four:

After Treatment Ends, Life Goes On


is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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