I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on the 26th of September in 2016. My final chemo was January 27, 2017.

I see a mental health counselor, I have given up taking care of most of the chores in my home and now get help from family and friends. I’ve reached out to friends and family I haven’t talked to in a while. I think that reading and practicing self-care is important when you go through something like this.

Through everything I have found support not only through my family but also through the Breast Friends and Chomo Angels.

I find myself at peace when I am at church. While going through treatment I have found a new sense of hope and faith in people. When help and support is needed, people will generally come together.

This whole journey has been hard, anyone that has gone through this will agree. I can’t pin point one thing that has been the hardest obstacle. What has been hard though is the financial hardship, the symptoms, the side effects and losing relationships.

When I think of advice to give those who are going through the same thing as me, I would say find yourself a network of supporters even if you’ve never met them. Find people who can help you in your home, and take some time for yourself every day. Drink lots of water. Try to have a positive attitude. Rest often.

After receiving the Feeling Beautiful Again bag I was happy. I used the items in the kit for comfort. I even shared the lip balm and nail polish with my five-year-old!