“Breast cancer changed our relationship”
The discovery of a tumor can challenge the closest couple’s bond in unexpected ways.
By MP Dunleavey
In early July 2001, the main thing on Judy D’Avanzo’s mind was the party she and her husband, Drew, were planning for the first birthday of their daughter, Reese, at the end of the month. “We were totally psyched,” recalls the vivacious 37-year-old. “At first we were going to invite 20 close friends and family. Then it morphed into a barbecue for 50.”