I slept during the day so I could be awake for my kids in the evening. Although I had chemotherapy and a double mastectomy and had less than a 1% chance of recurrence, it came back. I wasn’t sure if I should buy a lottery ticket or lock myself in the house.
I had to continue working full-time to support our family. The weekend after I was diagnosed, I invited all of my favorite women over to my house for wine and snacks. That may have been the last day during the past year that I knew what I needed. This time it also involved my lymph nodes, so we had 12 of them removed as well.
I chose instead to see this as a celebration of my fight and an outpouring of love and support.
The chemotherapy made my bones ache from the inside out." If all someone sees when they look at you are your breasts, they are missing out on so much and all you're missing out on is a shallow fool -- and those are a dime a dozen.When I was 19, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Imagine being only 19 and taking time off from college to go sit in a chemo room with cancer patients only to realize that you, too are a cancer patient.Once the dust settles and you realize that you have survived and you have a new body, it can be very challenging to feel comfortable with your body image.