I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer on June 1, 2016, so I will always be in treatment, unfortunately. Upon receiving this diagnosis, I learned that I had an enormous support group filled with friends, family, and even strangers. They have made things easier, but the most joy that has been brought to me is by my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter, my boyfriend, and my family. It has been extremely moving to receive their love and support throughout this all.
I first heard of The Breast Cancer Charities of America from a friend that posted a link from an email she received, so I am honored to share my story. My advice to other patients is not easy to find one thing to say, because there are so many elements to this disease, but don’t give up. Find peace, find some kind of outlet, don’t be afraid to ask for help, be specific with your questions, advocate for all stages of breast cancer, donate, lean on each other, advocate for yourself, find support, and give back. Even when I felt like crap, giving to others made me feel so much better about my own situation.
Don’t ignore your body.