I have had the privilege of meeting some amazing women throughout my lifetime, more so since my breast cancer diagnosis. These women are survivors as well, each having their own breast cancer story. Each with a different diagnosis, treatment, and outcome. Each feeling like cancer wouldn’t stop them. Each being willing to talk to me about their hardships and triumphs.
Over the winter holiday a few months back I met a friend’s parents for the first time. I heard from my friend Courtney that her mother was also a breast cancer survivor. I didn’t have the opportunity to discuss that journey with her mother, but I did with her father. Doyle had so many stories of women he has met that once they found out his wife was a survivor, they too announced they battled the disease. It’s amazing at how many women have been affected by breast cancer. At times, it seems more frequent than the statistic 1 in 8. Doyle left me with one lasting thought, “It’s not a sorority you want to be in, but once you’re in, it’s a wonderful sorority.” It’s not a great initiation process, but the sorority of the sisterhood is amazing.
I couldn’t agree more with what was said. Obtaining a breast cancer diagnosis – no matter what stage – is scary. You immediately begin to wonder what the stage is, if any lymph nodes are involved, if there is a chance that there is still cancer in your body. Your days are full of worry and stress. Once you know your answers, then you continue with the treatments. How will my body react? Will I constantly be sick? What if this doesn’t work? After that, you begin to worry if the cancer will come back. It seems to always be at the forefront of your mind no matter what.
Through all of our concerns, stress, and frustrations, we know that there are other women out there that have been affected by breast cancer just like us. We have entered into a sisterhood of amazing support at the first sign of cancer. These women are willing to not only tell their stories, but are willing to give you love, encouragement, and a hug anytime you need it. These women know what you have gone through, they might still have their own struggles, yet they will be there for you.
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