By: Lauren Lopriore
In September of 2014, at the end of a yoga class, I found a lump under my arm and on my right breast. After feeling the lump for a few days, I made an appointment with my gynecologist. At the office, I was given an exam by a nurse practitioner who said I was “too young and that I didn’t have anything to worry about”. The nurse practitioner put in an order for me to have an ultrasound. Feeling like there was no urgency to make the appointment, I waited until December to call and in February the ultrasound was scheduled.
Following the ultrasound, mammogram and three biopsies, in February of 2015, I was diagnosed with stage III invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer; estrogen, progesterone, and HER2+. After I received my diagnosis, I would later test positive for the BRCA I/II gene.
In 2019, I started “Liv & Let”- Thriving Through Breast Cancer (LivandLet.com). After not having a lot of resources at my fingertips, fighting cancer with a very small support team and later on becoming a support for friends who had been diagnosed with cancer, I decided it was time to share her story and talk about being a young adult cancer survivor and set up a space to support those affected by breast cancer.
It started as a blog and then expanded to include a calendar of support events, a list of resources as well as product recommendations. The blog became an information hub that is updated regularly for those who have recently been diagnosed, those going through treatment, those who are learning about their family history and interested in prevention as well as for caregivers.
I am passionate about sharing my story and talking about breast cancer, however my real passion lies in providing personalized support and giving back. Born after a deep conversation on a bench in a forest preserve, I launched Giv by Liv & Let. Giv by Liv & Let assembles personalized curated caring crates created with love and thought for loved ones who are thriving through cancer. Each “build your own” lux crate is beautifully packaged with hand selected items to provide each individual and recipient with love, care and support.
Liv and Let is dedicated to giving strength and hope to those affected by breast cancer- previvors, survivors and caregivers. By nurturing and providing comprehensive knowledge, the hope is to provide individualized support as well as essential items to thrive through treatment and survivorship.