survivor-story

Mariea

“Breast cancer is a scary journey, and mine like many others showed me to face my fears, to fight physically with everything that I had to give and to keep praying for another day.”

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2017. Today I am a survivor!

Throughout my journey, I stressed the most about the unknown. Not knowing if I would be there for my children. I often wondered if I had given them the tools to survive in this world without me. While I knew I had done my best in raising them, I still stressed and worried. But through my journey, I learned I needed to eliminate the stress from my life in order to heal properly. So I had to face the music and know that if I didn’t make it, my kids have shown me such tremendous care and support, so I knew they would be wonderful strong individuals.

While my journey brought out some good, it also meant that my marriage of 28 years would come to and end. But through praying and giving thanks for every day, I remembered to stay positive and feed my body with only good thoughts to keep pressing forward. I was able to stay positive because I was so blessed to have such a supportive group of friends and family members that stepped up to be there for me. And even organizations like iGoPink was there to support me and remind me that I’m not alone in this journey. 

Breast cancer is a scary journey, and mine like many others showed me to face my fears, to fight physically with everything that I had to give and to keep praying for another day. Keeping this in mind is what pushed me through. So for others that might just be starting their journey, seek assistance when you need it from the many organizations and friends willing to help. And just remember, you got this!

Are you a survivor, loved one, or support system? We’d love to share your story to inspire others across the US.