I have been a cancer survivor going on one year. The confidence, commitment and compassion from the breast cancer team at Cleveland Clinic Florida gave me the strength to fight my fight. They focus on you as a person, and not just your cancer.
I was diagnosed on Jan. 19, 2011, after it was recommended that I get a mammogram to identify a nodular that showed on a stomach CT. My family was shocked and scared, but they found the strength to be my rock. Throughout, my husband, close family and friends were everything one could ask for. They were there helping me keep up the physical and mental fight I faced with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and additional treatment.
For someone who’s just been diagnosed with, or who is being treated for, breast cancer, I advise building a support system with your closest family and friends, but especially your oncologist.
But always remember how hard the situation is on your caretakers and others around you. Keeping it light allows them to share in any humor you can muster.
Losing your hair is inevitable, but you can decide what’s best for you: wear a scarf, a wig, or just go with what your mama gave you.
My goal is to help anyone I meet who may be facing this horror — speaking and listening to anyone I come across who is looking for insight or for a support system.I have become involved with the Race for Life, and I jump at the chance to tell my story to anyone who wants to hear it.