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Breast Cancer Stories.Com
BreastCancerStories.com launched June 1st, 2006 and has already received overwhelming response from breast cancer patients, clinicians and the media all across the country. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and there are no membership fees associated with the website. All funding for this initiative is provided by charitable contributions, healthcare sponsorships, grants, individual donations and events.
How We Started
When diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2003 at the age of 42 (the same age her mother was when she was first diagnosed), Wendy McCoole, Founder and Executive Director of BreastCancerStories.com, kept an online diary – affectionately nicknamed Bald Wendy – to keep family and friends updated as she progressed through her treatments.
She shared candid thoughts about how she was feeling physically and emotionally, and displayed photos of her head being shaved in preparation for chemo, her chemo treatments, the team at the cancer center, and even photos of her nieces and nephew painting her head like an Easter egg.
The site was shared by hundreds of people – many of whom she didn’t know – and was often referred to as "inspirational." Because she understood first hand the impact a breast cancer diagnosis can have on someone and their family, she decided to create a similar site so others could share their story as well.