You are never prepared to hear the words “you have cancer”. I was diagnosed December 2000 with invasive ductal carcinoma, triple negative. I was 47 years old and healthy and strong….. I had a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. In 2005 I heard those dreaded words again……Invasive ductal carcinoma again, this time hormone positive…….mastectomy followed a new cocktail regimen of chemotherapy…. You get through it, you remain positive, you stay focused, you endure. I don’t like to dwell on the bad days from the medications, the side effects and all I had to deal with. I just wanted to get through it….. Another scare in 2010 thankfully was not cancerous, but I made the choice to go forward with a prophylactic mastectomy for peace of mind…reconstruction was a long process with many bumps in the road….
I was part of the Susan G Komen Impact of a Promise in 2010 and was honored to be chosen as a Ford Warriors in Pink Model of Courage 2012 and 2013… I have met so many survivors through these experiences and we all share one common thread and that how much we appreciate life....................... …..
I survived, and am cancer free and feeling stronger than even. So now I have to give back whenever I can to those who hear those same dreaded words....... So please, lets help someone going through breast cancer so they can focus on recovery …. Give what you can……
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have………………………
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