It was a few weeks before Ann’s 39th birthday when she discovered a lump while taking a shower. She went to see the nurse practitioner, who suggested it was probably just a cyst but ordered a biopsy to be safe. A few days later, on her older son’s 7th birthday, Ann received the results: she had breast cancer.
One month later, while recovering from surgery, Ann heard about a new support group that had been formed for young women with breast cancer. Ann went to her first BAYS meeting shortly afterward. She had read that breast cancer patients who join a support group have better outcomes, and she wanted to do whatever she could to be able to watch her two young sons – then 7 and 3 – grow up.
Ann is a past President and Treasurer of BAYS, as well as one of the founding board members. Her sons are now teenagers.