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Melissa F Faces of Breast Cancer - Melissa's Story

“Now being done with my treatment, I feel even more of a connection to the women in my life who have beaten breast cancer.”

Breast cancer is no stranger to Melissa Feinman’s family, going back at least three generations. Melissa knew from a young age that she was BRCA1 positive and had always intended on doing a preventative double mastectomy. Before she had the chance, Melissa was diagnosed with stage 1 triple ductal carcinoma at age 33. Melissa went through a cycle of hormones to freeze her eggs, a double mastectomy and four months of chemotherapy, all while continuing to work full-time.

Though she had witnessed her mom, aunt and grandmother go through treatment, Melissa never fully understood the difficulty involved. But like her loved ones, she always knew she would make it through. “Now being done with my treatment, I feel even more of a connection to the women in my life who have beaten breast cancer,” Melissa shares. “When you are on the outside, you are dealing with it in a different way, but now that I’ve gone through treatment, I have even more respect for all the people in my life that have helped me, and I just wish I could have helped them more when they were going through it.”