I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 2/15/17 after finding a lump in my right breast through a self-exam on my 43rd birthday. I am currently completed with my treatments, I had 12 weeks of Taxol Chemotherapy, where I lost all of my hair, and I then went onto 20 Radiation treatments, I will be starting a Hormone blocker called Anastrozole the first of October, as my breast cancer is estrogen driven.
The most effective lifestyle change for me has been eating healthier, staying active and not trying to stress the small stuff in life! – Get up and live everyday as if it were my last, and of course GOING PINK! The most support has come from my Family, close friends, co-workers, my boss, general manager, and of course my pugs! But the most JOY these days is being able to go back to work and experience some normalcy!
I first heard about The Breast Cancer Charities of America online via Facebook. So, I am honored to be able to share some advice. For those going through this journey, my advice to anyone new going through this, just breathe. It is just a bump in the road. For those that reach out to you, let them! Don’t try to do everything on your own, this is only going to be a chapter, not your whole story! Being diagnosed with breast cancer has taught me to savor each day I am woken up, to face my fears head on, love each other more fiercely, and thank my god for this ever so beautiful life!