I was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 23, 2017, and I am currently in treatment. Being diagnosed with breast cancer affects so many parts of your life and causes you to change so many aspects. The biggest change was the lifestyle change that I have made. I knew that I must keep God and prayers in my life in order to make it through this battle. Another lifestyle change I’ve made is to make sure that I stay around positive people and not to argue about trivial matters, because life is too short.
With a breast cancer diagnosis comes a tremendous amount of support you never knew you had that was often right under your nose. The support I have found is through my husband, family, and friends, as well as through reading books and talking with the medical staff to help ease my mind. But most importantly, my faith in God has provided me with the most support during my journey. What has brought me joy during this recovery is drawing closer to God, cooking meals as well as spending time with my husband, family, and friends.
Finding out that I have breast cancer was already an obstacle I had to face, but the hardest moment of all was finding out that the people who you thought were your friends really were not there to support you. The best advice I can give to you is… believe that just because you are diagnosed with cancer, does not mean it’s a death sentence. Another piece of advice I would like to share is, sometimes you have to encourage yourself, to surround yourself with positive people and always remember to think positive!
Thankfully, through my cancer team, I heard about BCCA and received my beauty bag! The beauty bag not only made me feel special, but it also brought my spirits up! I have had amazing support from my family, friends, church, and staff which made my journey through this chapter of my life bearable and very encouraging. Don’t ever give up, keep fighting!