Health

'I love them more than my chest'

Published 1:50 PM ET, Fri September 28, 2012
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Allison Gilbert and her mother, Lynn, in 1995 on the day Gilbert got engaged. Her mother died two months later from ovarian cancer. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert at age 5 or 6 with her mother on a ferryboat. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert, her husband, Mark, and their children, Jake and Lexi, at a birthday celebration. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert and her husband, Mark, near their home in Westchester County, New York. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert's Aunt Ronnie and Gilbert's daughter, Lexi. Her aunt died from breast cancer in 2008, four months after the diagnosis. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert and her husband, Mark, at a basketball game. courtesy Allison Gilbert
Gilbert's children, Jake and Lexi, in Tikal, Guatemala -- the last family vacation before Gilbert's surgery. courtesy Allison Gilbert