Brandy Eger was just shy of her 40th birthday when her doctor found a lump in her left breast.
A week later, on her birthday, she had a mammogram and later a biopsy.
Eger, a senior vice president at Citi Bank in Jacksonville, was in a meeting when she got the call she was dreading. She excused herself, went into another room, sat on the floor and cried. She had cancer. An MRI would later show she had two tumors and the cancer had spread to some of her lymph nodes.
“I have two boys so there really was no other option for me except to pull myself up and move on and beat this,” she recalled. “To stop for me would have been choosing not to live and that was not a choice.”