Patient Spotlights



I found a lump on my breast while breastfeeding. I thought it was nothing, but it persisted so I got it looked at. I’ll never forget the day I was diagnosed. On January 5, I sat on my couch anxiously awaiting…


First, she went in for a mammogram and then a biopsy. Next, her voicemail filled up with messages to appointments from many different doctors. Quickly, she checked her patient portal and saw she had tested positive


Being diagnosed with breast cancer, is hard enough, throw in being diagnosed during a pandemic and everything changes! It was very difficult to go through surgery and treatments all while feeling alone…


Soon after, the call came, additional tests were run, and she received a breast cancer diagnosis. It was overwhelming news to receive. Thoughts raced through her mind, “How will I cope? Can I work?


Megan was lucky enough to be assigned a social worker at her oncology office that was familiar with Ellie Fund. “Help just showed up in the mail for us,” recounted Megan.


For 16 years, her oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) kept a close eye on Maryanne. Although Maryanne’s results were okay in 2019, her oncologist did not trust them because of an elevated marker level.


At 31 years old, Alyssa was focused on her goals like buying a home, a strong relationship with her boyfriend, and excelling at her job as a supervisor in an Early Intervention program. She did not expect to feel a lump in her breast. 


First was four months of chemotherapy, then a lumpectomy, followed by weeks of daily radiation treatment. How was this going to work with her daily commute from the South Shore into Boston?


Alicia and her husband were both fully employed and fully insured when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2019 and then thyroid cancer in 2020. That did not stop the medical bills from piling up from her deductibles and copays.


Camille was wrapping up teaching a power yoga class, having not yet shared her recent stage 1 triple negative breast cancer diagnosis with any students. While she was teaching, she really didn’t want to think too much about her upcoming scheduled surgeries, and the chemotherapy and radiation that would follow.


Her breathing was only getting worse. In September, she went back to the urgent care center and was told she needed to go the emergency room because of her low oxygen levels.


As a woman who strictly adheres to the mammogram guidelines, Blanca was shocked when a cancerous tumor was found in her breast last October. As a professionally trained violinist and music teacher for over 30 years, she worried about what treatment would do to her livelihood. “I was terrified I wasn’t going to be able to play my instruments,” shared Blanca.


Busy with two boys at home, Chorvy didn’t worry too much about a redness that appeared on her left breast. With no family history of breast cancer and a clean mammogram less than 12 months before, she thought it was just a rash.