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Two friends remain connected through their experience with breast cancer

A new book documents the journey between two women who experienced breast cancer at the same time.

Nancy Bynon and Kathryn Tortorici
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Nancy Bynon and Kathryn Tortorici, authors of Two by Two: Conversations Between Friends Navigating Breast Cancer.


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In January of 2019, both Nancy Bedsole Bynon and Kathryn Lavallet Tortorici received breast cancer diagnoses within a week of each other. The two had been friends for many years at this point, and despite living in different cities–Houston and Atlanta, respectively–they set out to endure their cancer journeys together.

Now, they’ve used that experience to offer guidance to others in the form of their book Two by Two: Conversations Between Friends Navigating Breast Cancer.

Two By Two

This Friday (Dec. 1), Bynon will present the book at the annual Membership Holiday Luncheon for the Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency. The Women’s Fund aims to educate women in Houston about their health through classes and other initiatives, using a holistic approach that covers physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with Linda Rhodes, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund, and Nancy Bynon, co-author of the book and breast cancer survivor.