“I stayed open-minded, continued to hang out with my friends to feel normal, went for walks when I could and continue to take pictures throughout my journey so I can look back and remember I kicked cancer’s butt! I had to not be afraid.”
I was diagnosed with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer just five days after my daughters first birthday.
I’m a single mothers of 2 – a fourteen year old and an almost two year old, and by far the hardest part of this whole journey was the time between the initial phone call and starting my treatment. Having to tell my best friend, my mother and two sisters who were so scared to possibly lose me. But to tell me teenager son that he would have to help take care of my toddler while I underwent treatment, that was harder.
I lost my job when I started my treatments, and things became tough all over, but having my best friend and two older sisters be my biggest supporters it brought me so much job and reminded me I wasn’t alone and that I could beat this. I just remembered I had to stay positive and continue to be strong for them and for my children. It was so important for me to remember to try not to stress and to allow people to help me even if I didn’t think I needed it.
I stayed open-minded, continued to hang out with my friends to feel normal, went for walks when I could and continue to take pictures throughout my journey so I can look back and remember I kicked cancer’s butt! I had to not be afraid.
While I still undergo treatment, I just have to remember to have a great sense of humor about the whole thing because laughter really is the best medicine.
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