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Two mom friends pose for a photo in front of a colorful mural while spending quality time together

‘I’ve always loved my friends – but in different seasons of parenting, I’ve placed different value on my friendships.’: Mom shares important lesson on friendship, ‘Don’t be scared to take the first step’

“When my kids were little, friends were a lifeline. We got together daily to keep our sanity. As our kids got older, and we entered the ‘sweet spot’ before adolescence, I put my friendships on the back burner. But in the past 18 months, I’ve needed my friends on a new level.”

On the left, woman battling breast cancer takes a photo with her family, on the right, same woman shows off her scars from her double mastectomy

‘Your cancer is aggressive.’ I replied, ‘Great, so am I.’ I was the youngest one in the oncology suite by 30 years.’: Breast cancer survivor celebrates three years cancer free, ‘I chose not to let fear define me’

“I was flooded with support, but also stories of ‘my aunt had it and she died’ or ‘my sister’s friend had it twice and she’s great now.’ I didn’t want the pink-washed version of cancer. I didn’t need you to tell me to write my kids goodbye letters. My story was different.”

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