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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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25 Inspirational Scriptures for Chronic Illness

25 Inspirational Scriptures for Chronic Illness

Whether it's cancer, autoimmune disease, or another type of chronic illness, there are plenty of times where you need a little extra encouragement. Looking to the Old Testament and New Testament Bible verses for comfort is always a great place to start. These are my...

How to Best Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment

How to Best Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment

Whether you go to a traditional MD and have 7-10 minutes, or an alternative-style doctor and have an hour, it's best to be prepared to get the most out of your time. Read on to learn how to prepare for your doctor's appointment and also how to make the most out of...

How to be Your Own Best Health Advocate

How to be Your Own Best Health Advocate

In this free webinar, I’m going to show you how you can make the ultimate shift from being powerless, overwhelmed, and frustrated with your doctor, to feeling empowered with your health, and finding and collaborating with the doctor who is right for you. Learn how to...

The Empowered Patient CEO

The Empowered Patient CEO

In this free webinar, I’m going to show you how you can make the ultimate shift from being powerless, overwhelmed, and frustrated with your doctor, to feeling empowered with your health, and finding and collaborating with the doctor who is right for you. Learn how to...

The Shocking Truth About Breast Cancer Early Detection

The Shocking Truth About Breast Cancer Early Detection

What if you didn't have to be scared about breast cancer self-exams? What if there was a way to find those dreaded lumps 3 months - 6 months - one year earlier? Get ready to round second base, because there's an easy way to detect a lump the size of a pea. It's the...

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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,

hollysig

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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