Meet Esther Brickley

Esther is a mother, grandmother and patient advocate within the Latina breast cancer community.

In 2006, at the age of 45, Esther was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (mBC). Following her diagnosis, her oncologist suggested she read a few books that provided helpful information on coping with a mBC diagnosis. While shopping for these books at a used bookstore, Esther picked one up at random and inside was a handwritten note on the first page which read, "Esther, to your good health. I hope you find this helpful." Esther says this experience not only strengthened her faith, but gave her the strength to endure and persevere.

Since her diagnosis, Esther has continued working with the Texas Historical Commission in Austin and got married in 2019. She and her husband live in the Austin area.

Photographed by Stephanie Sinclair

Esther is a mother, grandmother and patient advocate within the Latina breast cancer community.

In 2006, at the age of 45, Esther was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (mBC). Following her diagnosis, her oncologist suggested she read a few books that provided helpful information on coping with a mBC diagnosis. While shopping for these books

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Esther has been living with mBC for over 14 years. Esther shares her story advocating for the needs of people living with mBC.

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For Esther, spending time with her granddaughter is her greatest joy. People living with mBC know that every moment, no matter how long or short, is important.

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Thriver. Mother. Grandma. No one title defines Esther – or any person living with mBC.

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Some people living with mBC, like Esther, turn to their faith to give them strength.

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Esther winds down with a book after a long day.

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Families go through an mBC diagnosis together. A hug from her eldest son, Matthew, lets Esther know she isn't alone.

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After Esther was diagnosed with mBC, she learned how important it is to try new things. Here she is taking her first tap dancing class with other women living with breast cancer.

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Esther volunteers at the 2016 Art Bra Austin auction and fundraiser. All proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Resource Center, which provides Central Texans with access to screenings as well as assistance and support after a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Esther and her friends discuss the important role of community and support networks in the lives of people living with mBC.

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Esther and her husband, Patrick, reflect on how they found love.

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No matter what happens during the day – Esther chooses to stay above all the negativity.

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Some women with mBC want to continue working after their mBC diagnosis to maintain a sense of normalcy. Esther is one of those people. She continues to walk to work every day at the Texas Historical Commission.

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Esther reflects on her life with mBC and how being strong for others means letting them help you when you need it.

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After a long day, we all deserve a moment to kick off our shoes and relax.

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This support group of women living with mBC affectionately calls themselves the "IV League." Support groups, like Esther's, provide encouragement and community.