Three words changed my life.
Leigh never meant to start the Feel Your Boobies Foundation. In fact, she never thought much about breast cancer at all. Until she was 33, and was diagnosed with it. She felt the lump in her breast in the years prior to her diagnosis, but not through traditional self-breast exams, just through the course of her daily routine. During her annual exams, the lump went undetected by doctors until she pointed it out. Even then, the doctors felt it was nothing of concern.
But after two years, as a result of the proactive nature of her nurse practitioner, she was sent to get a mammogram. It was followed by an ultrasound and biopsy which eventually confirmed the lump to be Stage 1 breast cancer. Her experience made her realize that she never paid much attention to breast cancer messages. So she made a t-shirt for her friends that said "feel your boobies" ... just for fun. But after putting up a one-page website, soon orders were coming in from across the country from people she didn't know. And the Feel Your Boobies Foundation was born.
Babies after breast cancer - raising the "beasts".
From a personal perspective, Leigh was unmarried and had no children at the time of diagnosis, and she wondered what the future would hold. After completing five years of Tamoxifen, at age 40 and 42, she gave birth to two healthy young boys (Eli and Leo). And in April 2017, Leigh celebrated 13 years of being cancer free.
From corporate America to breast cancer advocate.
In her professional life, Leigh has spent her career focusing on behavior change and the use of media. After leaving NYC to return to her Central Pennsylvania roots in 2003, her diagnosis led her to a path of breast cancer advocacy where her media expertise has been put to good use in spreading the "feel your boobies" message to young women.