My name is Tacoa, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015.
I am currently going through treatment and just a few days ago I went through reconstructive surgery. I have had a double mastectomy and lumpectomy in the past few months. One of the biggest lifestyle changes I have adopted since being diagnosed is “Going Pink” and staying positive through the journey.
I am trying to be proactive during treatment, by educating myself and joining support groups to help me understand the process. I have found so much strength in these support groups. As I have shared my journey with survivors and current patients such as myself. I have prayed and been able to put my faith in my team of Doctors and nurses who are lifesavers, literally!
My family has also given my support and strength through this time. Throughout the trying time my children have brought me so much joy! They remind me that every day is a gift.
I heard about iGoPink from a friend and a nurse at the hospital. The Share Your Story program has allowed me to share my story to hopefully encourage and inspire others. I was also fortunate enough to receive funds from the iGoPink, Help Now Fund program by helping me with my living expenses. I am grateful for their past support with their Help Now Fund and still look to receive more support from them in the coming months. Their program services are absolutely incredible!
The best advice I can give to others is that you are not alone. There are many support groups you can join that will help you grow from hearing other’s stories. Try to be proactive in your treatments and enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. Have faith and positive vibes. When you feel alone, try to smile your way to victory.