Thirty-nine-year-old Temeka Ward had always been cognizant of the dangers of breast cancer, especially for African-American women. Getting mammograms as a preventative measure early in life was her insurance against the disease. At 19, her doctor performed a breast biopsy to test for cancer, and the results came back negative. Nearly 20 years later, on April 1, 2009, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
(Photo: Courtesy of Temeka Ward's personal collection)