MEET THE COUPLES OF THE
Beneath the Breast Project
Lindsey and Jeremy
Lindsey, a wife, mother, and former store manager, had a long journey with breast cancer before her cancer metastasized. Lindsey focuses on mBC advocacy and spending time with her family. She says that her husband, Jeremy, is "the most caring person I've ever met." Click to view their videos and learn how mBC has affected their family and brought them closer together.
Karima and Karim
Karima and Karim met in college and then reconnected by chance years later. They have now been married for 20 years and have 3 children. After Karima was diagnosed in 2013, their priorities shifted from work to each other. Karim, whom Karima calls "my rock," goes along to every doctor's appointment. He says, "...none of the material things in life are as important to actually being there with the people you love, spending the time with them." Click to view their videos and learn more about their time together.
Halli and Erica
Halli has not let her mBC diagnosis affect her goals: raising her son, finishing her PhD, and working for education reform. Halli says that her wife, Erica, is “100% supportive,” and Erica describes Halli as an incredibly strong person who “does whatever she puts her mind to. She can get through anything.” Click to view their videos and learn more about how mutual support has helped Halli and Erica navigate new challenges together.
Beth and David
After being diagnosed with de novo MBC in 2014 at the age of 34, Beth experienced a massive shift in perspective: "...experiences are what I value...not stuff or accolades." After meeting David, her belief was affirmed through their strong connection and the quality time they spent with each other. "All we have together is time...there's always something to look forward to." Click to view their videos and learn about Beth's experiences with dating, sexuality, and MBC advocacy.
Eva and Andres
Eva and Andres, who met while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, have always shared a love of being active together. After Eva's MBC diagnosis, they had to adjust to a new, less active life: "You have to let each other be who they are now...you’re different than you were before." Click to view their videos and learn how slowing down and prioritizing self-care has changed their relationship.
Jamil and Rick
When Jamil was told she had MBC at 39 years old, it came as a huge shock for her and her husband, Rick. At the beginning of treatment, Jamil experienced insecurities due to hair loss. Rick helped her through, saying, “You are not your hair…you are something deeper than that.” Click to view their videos and learn how they supported each other through the good and bad days with openness, love, and understanding.
Katherine and Ray
Katherine, a retired school teacher from California, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2003, which later progressed to Stage 4 in 2004. Her husband, Ray, describes her as ‘‘a strong woman’’ who is ‘‘just fun to be with.’’ Click to view their videos and learn how a positive outlook helped them get by.