When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I spent hours surfing the internet filled with so much anxiety of the unknown. I wanted to find a website that made me feel less isolated and would connect me with others that have gone through this difficult journey. I not only found other survivors and fighters, but incredible, beautiful souls from all over the world who have been as comforting as a warm blanket, wrapping their arms around me with their love and inspiration.
This is a page for you, written with love and compassion form my dear friends/survivors Sammie and Patti. They have taken inspirational quotes and wrote meaningful and authentic content, taking us along on their journeys as they try and navigate the cancer world. I hope they give you a sense of comfort as you process everything. We are here for you, we have been there. Let us wrap our arms around you and fall into a warm hug from us to you.
One of my favorite songs from my childhood is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross. There is a line in the song that my mother used to shout at the top of her lungs whenever the song would come on the radio: “If you need me call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far. Just call my name, I’ll be there in a hurry, you don’t have to worry.” She would sing those words and I knew she meant them too. Day or night, if my sisters and I ever needed her, she would be there.
That was my first reaction when I was told I had breast cancer. Hearing a doctor say that I not only had cancer, but I would have to undergo a mastectomy was shocking. I instantly felt numb.
As soon as I got home I started researching as much as I could about breast cancer. Most of the information I found was all very clinical. Nothing talked about what a woman really goes through both physically and emotionally. I decided I needed to share my journey with an honest, raw and sometimes humorous blog that told the real story of what it’s like to battle breast cancer. I have been blogging about my journey from the day I was diagnosed and continue to write and connect with women all over the world. Through my journey I met Cynthia and Learn Look Locate and knew that I had found a kindred spirit. I am honoured to continue to share my journey with all of you. By sharing we support each other. Sharing really is caring.
Every morning since my breast cancer diagnosis, I have been waking up with the question “why”? Why was I diagnosed with breast cancer a week before my wedding at the early age of 32? Why didn’t I know I carried the BRCA1 mutation? Why did my cancer metastasis to my lungs so quickly? Why did I feel an immediate connection with Learn Look Locate?
I immediately had the answers to these questions once I started writing blogs for LLL. I am very passionate about early detection, and breast health education because I do not want anyone to end up a statistic like me. With thousands of breast cancer organizations and charities competing for donations, it can be difficult to know which ones will make the greatest impact. Learn Look Locate stands out above the rest, because of its focus on hope, positivity and authenticity. When I came across LLL’s organization, it felt like a warm hug, embracing me with love and inspiration. Studies have linked positive thinking with longevity. All of the pain and suffering I have endured will all be worth it if I can save just one life. The more women and men we reach globally, the better chances we have of one day eradicating this horrific disease. Knowledge is power. Get educated, get connected, get inspired.
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