Robin Healy received her diagnosis one week before her 50th birthday in August 2005.
The now 53-year-old Huntington wife and mother jokes, "When people asked what I got for my birthday, I told them breast cancer!" That sense of humor, along with the support of her husband Tom, daughters Lauren and Meg, her support group, and what she calls "smart, compassionate physicians" has been a key component in her recovery.
She also credits her friends, "who made me go out when I didn't think I wanted to," she says.
Healy's advice to other women facing the disease: "Don't be afraid to ask for help! Talk to survivors. And don't listen to people who tell you horror stories."
Encouraging others to get routinely tested has become one of her passions. "I have become the mammo police," she says. "I urge everyone to get their yearly mammograms. It definitely saved my life."