Being diagnosed with breast cancer – stories from real people

Published: 10 October 2023
Here we ask people who were diagnosed with breast cancer and found support through Macmillan about their experiences. They answer questions about their symptoms, emotions, and the support that helped them.

Everyone’s experiences are different and individual. But it can be helpful to hear from others who have been through a similar thing. There is also further information about what help is available if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

What was your experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer?

"I speak regularly to my Macmillan breast cancer nurse Emma, who’s really good at breaking down what’s happening" - Jenny, diagnosed with breast cancer

Where did you find support?

Support during diagnosis

More stories from people with breast cancer

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Emma's story

Read Emma's story about being diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her breast in the shower.

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Mel's story

Read about Mel's experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer and receiving support from Macmillan. 

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Sal's story

Read Sal's story to learn more about the emotional and financial effects of living with breast cancer.

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