I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of November 2017. I noticed I had a lump and burning sensation, so getting a mammogram was a top priority for me! I went and had an ultrasound done as well as a biopsy, later telling me that I had breast cancer. I am now currently going through treatment.
My loved ones, who are also my support system, have helped me stay mentally and physically healthy. They have been helping me and checking in on me daily to ensure I’m okay, and not having an emotional breakdown, as it can be depressing. My boyfriend, coworkers, family, and friends have been my biggest supporters while going through this journey.
What has brought me the biggest joy of my recovery, is simply knowing that I have so many people I can count on and knowing that I’m loved regardless of having cancer. This journey has its ups and downs, but the hardest challenge, so far is the mastectomy, the visual and people not understanding my fear of what is to come with chemo and the side effects.
The best advice I can give to other breast cancer patients is to find a great support system, stay off the internet and mentally prepare yourself for what is to come. By receiving a beauty bag from BCCA at my hospital, it put a smile on my face, made me feel beautiful as well as feminine, which I really needed. This journey is a mental battle, so as long as you remind yourself that this is just a chapter in your life and by allowing others to help you along the way, the journey will be a short one.