“I was truly scared for my life and that my children and family wouldn’t have me in their lives anymore. But I knew I had to stay positive.”
I was only 27-years-old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I also was pregnant with my second child at the time. I remember having some bleeding from my left breast during my pregnancy and immediately consulted my doctor. After running some tests, they informed me I had Stage 1 breast cancer.
Once I gave birth, that’s when my treatment plan began. It was so hard to think that I had just had a baby and now I have to go through surgeries and chemotherapy. I was truly scared for my life and that my children and family wouldn’t have me in their lives anymore. But I knew I had to stay positive. I had surgery to remove 10 tumors and perform a mastectomy, and now I am currently undergoing chemotherapy.
This whole journey has completely changed my perspective on life, as I’m sure it does for so many others. I’ve learned to enjoy each and every day because you never know what tomorrow holds. It’s amazing how something like this can make you appreciate life so much more. Focusing on enjoy every moment has made be focus on staying positive during this journey. I like to think that I’m already a survivor and that the cancer has completely vanished. I believe that the mind controls the body, so focusing on survivorship really pushes me forward.
But staying positive doesn’t always come easy, my biggest support has come from my family, friends and nurse navigator who has helped provide me all the support I could ever need. Staying positive though is easier said than done, but I think you just have to let go. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to scream, scream. Let go of your feelings, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and join support groups to help keep you positive.
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