What is it like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24? I was much older than 24 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I still remember what it was like to be diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago and having chemo. I felt like I was standing in a meadow all by myself surrounded by a forest. I was all alone and had to come to grips with who I was, no longer being able to say I was such and such because that is what I was or had been doing. I had to find out who I was without all the extra wrapping that I could no longer wrap myself in anymore. What was it like for you when you were diagnosed with breast cancer? Here is the story of someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24.