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Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, are a cancer survivor, are a loved one of someone with cancer, or want resources to help prevent cancer, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been there. I get it. I know you are in a tough place. You are in a safe place here.

This is My Story

I found the lump on my own and by accident.  I went immediately to my primary doctor, which started the process of a mammogram, biopsy, MRI, and numerous other tests.  I was healthy and had no risk factors or family history and was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday. I was ER/PR positive, HER2 negative. I had a lumpectomy on my right breast. I had four rounds of chemo – taxotere and cytoxin. I had 36 radiation sessions. I took tamoxifen for 7 years.

My last treatment was on March 21, 2011, and our wedding was 10 days later on March 31, 2011.  I’m still recovering, both inside and out. It’s a lifelong journey.

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What to Pack for a Road Trip with a Chronic Illness

What to Pack for a Road Trip with a Chronic Illness

The logistics for planning for a road trip can be daunting. But add a chronic illness to the mix, and it's a whole new ball game. Whether you have an autoimmune disease, cancer, or another condition, we've got you covered with this all-inclusive list of what to pack...

The 3 Missing Pieces with DNA Tests (and How to Find the Answers)

The 3 Missing Pieces with DNA Tests (and How to Find the Answers)

DNA Testing Kits are super popular these days. They give you great insights into your genetic history. But they don't provide a complete picture. If you are thinking about ordering one, or are frustrated with the one you took, these are the 3 missing pieces with DNA...

Why I Get My Mammogram at Fairfax Radiological Consultants

Why I Get My Mammogram at Fairfax Radiological Consultants

For some women, breast imaging is something you check off the box every year. For many more, they are scared, worried, and full of anxiety as they wait for a possible breast cancer diagnosis. The doctors, technologists, and staff at Fairfax Radiological Consultants...

The Fortitude Story + How You Can Find Your Fortitude

The Fortitude Story + How You Can Find Your Fortitude

What does fortitude mean? How do I find my own fortitude? What is the Pink Fortitude story? I can't tell you how many times I get asked those questions. Today, I'm taking you behind the scenes and sharing not only the fortitude story but also how you can find your...

Elemental – Thermal Bra Review and Testimony

Elemental – Thermal Bra Review and Testimony

Life after a mastectomy (partial or full) is met with a decent amount of challenges. Finding a comfortable and functional bra is now much easier with Elemental's high-end, quality thermal bras. Read on to learn the benefits and how it works. And take one less worry...

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Work With Holly Bertone

Holly Bertone is available for:

  • Speaking engagements
  • Interviews
  • Summits + Podcasts
  • Writing
  • Quotes.

She is located in Alexandria, VA and is available to speak to business and government organizations, associations, and industry events.

Open Letter to My Fellow Warriors & Survivors

There are a gazillion resources out there for you to research medical treatment, options, care, and support.  But when the outside gets broken, the inside needs just as much healing.  Typically you are sent to a patient navigator, counselor, and/or support group to “deal with” the emotional and coping issues.  Please use these resources to the fullest extent, as they are so very valuable to your healing.

My (then) boyfriend proposed two days after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both the diagnosis and the proposal were works in progress, but it was a lot to digest in 48 hours. In just a short period of time, those eight words, “you have breast cancer” and “will you marry me?” converged. I went from being a beautiful and sexy fiancé to losing part of my breast to surgery, losing my hair to chemo, going through early menopause, and being sick and fatigued all of the time. I was sick and bald on our wedding day and got married in a wig. I had to redefine beauty and overcome daily challenges and in turn, redefined my life’s mission to help others.

This website is dedicated specifically to the inside healing, to finding your true inner beauty, to help you overcome your challenges, to find inspiration, and to unleash your inner fortitude… not just in cancer, but in life.  Real life.

Going through cancer treatment, the medical community’s primary focus is to eliminate the cancer and make you healthy again.  But there are so many other issues we have to deal with during the healing process.  I wanted to create a space for women to find inspiration to overcome their challenges and rise to conquer the negatives in their lives. A place full of love, hugs, and inspiration.  Cancer sucks.  But you have a choice.  Every day.  You can drown yourself in cancer’s misery and be a victim.  Or you can be positive and laugh through it.  Make a choice to become the best person you can be – with or without cancer.  And have some fun along the journey.

Look around.  Find your inspiration.  Subscribe and enjoy the resources on this website.  And please… contact me if you want to chat, vent, scream, or just want to talk to someone who has gone through it before.  I would love to hear from you! holly@pinkfortitude.com

Cancer is tough.  You have to be tougher.  You have to dig deep and want it.  Every day.  When it hurts the most.  I know what you are going through is horrible. Don’t drown yourself in it. Pick yourself up, hold your head high, and be the beautiful person you are, inside and out.   You are strong.  You are beautiful.  You can do this.

Your Warrior Sister,


On behalf of America’s cancer survivors, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to offer knowledge, hope, and inspiration to those who are coping with cancer.

Coping with Cancer Editorial Staff

Yay to power mums like you who continue to inspire me to work on this amazing cause that is Runway Moms. Thank you so much for being a part of the dream that effects change.

Lara with Runway Moms

I love you! Thank you for your heart, time, love, and dedication. #pinkfortitude XOXO.

Maimah with Tigerlily Foundation

On behalf of Dr. Susan Love, and everyone at Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, I would like to extend a heartfelt and warm thank you for your very generous and continued support of our work. Together we will create a future without breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

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