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.
Feeling violated and betrayed by your own body is a normal side effect of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. As physical and emotional scars slowly start to heal, we strive to learn how to love ourselves again.