In September of 2014, Lauren found a lump under her arm and on her right breast. It took until February of 2015 to be diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer; estrogen, progesterone, and Her-2 positive. She would later find out she was also positive for the BRCA (breast cancer) gene. Her treatment regimen moved forward quickly. Before starting chemo, she went through IVF (In Vetro Fertilization) to retrieve eggs and create embryos for future fertility. She then went through 6 intense chemotherapy treatments (Taxotere® + Perjeta®) , Herceptin® -a 12 month treatment targeting the HER2 positive cells, a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, and completed 30 rounds of radiation.
A year from diagnosis, she completed treatment and entered into survivorship. Survivorship would end up being the most difficult part of all. It took a few years, but in 2019 she was finally ready to share her story and pay it forward to help others impacted by breast cancer. She launched Liv & Let, a community and info hub to support previvors, survivors and caregivers. As she added events, resources and essential product recommendations she began creating gifts to support cancer survivors going through treatment as well as for caregivers. In 2020, she began curating thoughtfully curated care crates.