{01} First Things First

My blog began as a way for me to process my emotions, document the days before time faded the memories, and lastly a means to communicate with everyone that was concerned.

Now that my treatments have concluded and my life has begun a new normal, I feel compelled to take some time to expand my thoughts for a new audience; to shift from family members reading my updates, to an audience of strong women who have been diagnosed and are searching for a real-life guidebook to this craziness.  I will share some insight into my experience with breast cancer, explain what helped me, offer you guidance through your journey and try to be a calm, reassuring voice during a frightening time.

Lastly, I’d like to add my own disclaimer.  Just as we each look unique on the outside, so can be said about the inside and even though many of my treatment experiences were positive, it might not necessarily morph into the same experience for you.  Every person reacts in their own way to pain, drugs and healing but with that said, it’s my hope that your treatments are completed with ease and comfort.

First tip: When given a cancer diagnosis, the amount of data and emotions that needs to be processed is staggering and completely consuming, so I suggest keeping the most key topic of the moment the priority and refrain from jumping ahead to all of the possible treatments down the road.  The philosophy of “cross that bridge when you come to it” will really help to keep your emotions from reaching Mach 10-Overload.

Second tip: Every treatment and reaction can range tremendously; from slight to broad depending upon numerous, numerous individual factors.  So start the habit now to not compare your path to others.  Even if every factor seems to be the same between you and another, just the location of the tumor alone can swing treatment plans from one extreme to another.

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