Hi, I am Brenda Hawkes. I was diagnosed in 2006 with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer. I found out soon after that I also have the BRAC 1 mutation. Within 6 weeks I had lost my breast, my hair and my job. But, I never lost my sense of humor. It was the humor that made the chemo, radiation, and 9 surgeries tolerable. That is not to say, I was never angry….oh yes, I was angry. It was directed toward the lack of support that women get, the lack of compassion from employers, and the lack of understanding from people you just knew would be by your side completely. It is interesting now; that what I remember most is not the anger, but the humor I shared with my daughters, family and friends. We still laugh about the Razorback stickers on my bald head and the kitten I got for comfort which turned into the cat from hell. Humor is as important as any medicine available. Laughter just feels so good. And it is contagious. Even on your worst day share a smile, a laugh or even a giggle. Everyone will be glad you did.
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