Encouraging Words from a Survivor in Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is an unfair disease that no one deserves. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago and I was truly horrified. My diagnosis threw me into an emotional turmoil and I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I felt overwhelmed and worried about my future, coupled with information overload. 

I had eight rounds of chemotherapy and 32 rounds of radiation. My doctor appointments after treatment were every three months. Each appointment gave me, and still does, anxiety and hope that my cancer has remained in remission. I understand now that it is perfectly normal for anyone diagnosed with cancer to go through a whole range of emotions, often several in a day. I found that coping with my cancer was as difficult emotionally as it was physically, and those feelings continued through treatment and even now during these years after recovery.

Before my diagnosis, I exercised three times a week. During my treatment I continued to exercise as least twice a week along with having physical therapy three days a week. I was told by the doctors that my exercise routine is what helped me with the healing process. 

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to be proactive in your treatment. This will help you to regain control and channel all your emotional feelings into something more positive. Educate yourself on all aspects of your cancer and the treatment involved so you will be aware of what’s to come. Cancer is stressful, which makes your support group critical. This was, indeed, my lifeline. I learned to accept help and ways to alleviate stress from experts, counselors and friends. 

I am a cancer survivor, because of my unwavering faith in God!