There are lots of stories we hear these days. Stories to inspire, stories to enrage, stories to make us smile and stories to make us think. The hardest stories to hear, though, are the stories that bring us to tears. This is one of those stories.

Chrissy Turner is eight years old, but she won’t be spending this Christmas the way you’d expect an eight-year-old to be spending it. Chrissy has spent the past few days recovering from a mastectomy after being diagnosed with Secretory Breast Carcinoma, an incredibly rare form of breast cancer, last month. This type of cancer is so rare that it’s never been seen in the US in anyone as young as Chrissy.

The discovery was a huge blow to the Turner family, since both her mother Annette and her father Troy have been through a similar battle with cancer. Annette is now cancer free after surviving a battle with a rare form of cervical cancer, and Troy was diagnosed with with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008.

Chrissy alerted her parents after discovering a lump in her right breast. This past Monday she underwent a mastectomy, and now she’s back home recovering with her family and trying to get ready for a Christmas that will be much different from last year’s, but one the whole Turner family is incredibly grateful to be spending together.

Chrissy’s taken everything like a total champ, staying positive and facing this new challenge head on with the support of her family and friends. ­

It’s incredibly inspiring to see someone so young being so brave under incredibly difficult circumstances, and we think Chrissy’s a very special person! Our thoughts and prayers are with Chrissy and her family, and we wish them all the best as they face this new challenge together. You can read more about Chrissy’s story here.