“I’ve learned to have patience and stop worrying about every little thing, but I’ve also learned how to let people help me when I need it. Now I have a conquer the world mentality but with a little bit of help.”
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2017. I was drinking several cups of coffee a day, Diet Coke and other sugary drinks. I was never good about eating veggies, but now my diet consists of mostly fruits and vegetables and lean protein. I’ve always been pretty active, but while I couldn’t do my normal spin, barre, or circuit training, I made sure to walk 3-5 miles on most days.
I’ve always had a conquer the world mentality, and before cancer I never felt like I had time to do anything for myself, I was always so busy wrapped up in the hustle and bustle always worrying about something. But now, I have nothing but time and have been able to reconnect and build relationships and focus on healing myself. I’ve learned to have patience and stop worrying about every little thing, but I’ve also learned how to let people help me when I need it. Now I have a conquer the world mentality but with a little bit of help.
My biggest support throughout this journey has been my husband. We have a special needs son who requires a lot of work, and he’s been able to help so much. I’ve also had some amazing friends who have stuck by my every step of the way. I have really been able to focus on the time I have been given to spend with all of them and I find so much joy in that.
It’s been important for me not to let cancer define who I am, and I would encourage others not to either. Don’t let other people’s stories become yours, you can find so much encouragement in reading other women’s stories but make this your own! The stories that iGoPink shares have supported me through my journey and not made me feel so alone in this. While staying positive is key in making it through, on your good days, try to live life as close to normal as you can. Go shopping, meet a friend for lunch, but listen to your body and rest when you need it.
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