A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating . . . any diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. It is difficult to accept that fact that none of us are immune to cancer . . . and cancer does not discriminate. This author shares her story as a woman, mother, friend, nurse, and educator. Her story is shared in efforts to help others victims and their loved ones facing similar challenges. Intimate details are shared with the reader including suggestions for coping. She often uses humor as a supportive tool in her journey. The reader journeys through diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. The story is shared in a unique format of emails sent out to a caring group of individuals throughout the year she "lived" with cancer. Sharing her story is her way of "paying it forward" to those who shared with her along the journey.