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Missy

“I have 4 incredible sons, but my 5-year-old deemed himself my caretaker and that is exactly what he did. When I would come home from chemo, sick as a dog, he would lay in bed next to me and just rub my head.”

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in May of 2017. There was really no time to let my diagnosis sink in, immediacy after I was diagnosed I was scheduled the same week to have a port put in and begin chemo. I went through a lot of hiccups during my treatment plan, which took a toll on me. My port didn’t work and had to be replaced within a week, then finally start chemotherapy. But once I started, I had an allergic reaction to the treatment and had to be taken off. With all the hiccups, my surgery was moved up, where I had a right radical mastectomy and the removal of 12 lymph nodes.

Diving straight into my treatment, it took a toll on me, but luckily my family and friends were so incredible during my journey. I have 4 incredible sons, but my 5-year-old deemed himself my caretaker and that is exactly what he did. When I would come home from chemo, sick as a dog, he would lay in bed next to me and just rub my head. When I lost my hair and was crying, he told me that I was beautiful. I’ve never felt so lucky and so loved.

When I was feeling overwhelmed with my treatment and diagnosis, I received a package in the mail from iGoPink that totally lifted my spirits. Among loosing my hair and being stressed, my skin had taken a turn for the worse, but in the Feeling Beautiful Again bag were so many products that I could actually use to help with the dryness and redness that treatment can bring. Receiving this bag reminded me to slow down and take time for myself, something that I am not super familiar with.

If I could give any advice to other women starting their journey, remember to take time to yourself and don’t be afraid to talk to other women who understand this journey.

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