Posted on 12 November 2013
Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer: 10 Words of Wisdom and Advice from Survivors
I love answering the phone. When it rings I can't help but wonder who will be on the other end and I'm anxious to hear their voice. Honestly, answering the phone has become my daily inspiration. Over the past couple of years, I have met countless women that have simply taken my breath away. While the conversation usually starts with a question regarding our Brobe, it quickly moves to the more emotional side of breast cancer and mastectomy recovery. When the phone call ends, I'm smiling with tears running down my face staring into the clouds feeling truly blessed by our chance encounter and that I have had this amazing opportunity to live out my entrepreneurial dream while helping others.
Honestly, the strength and wisdom of these courageous ladies never ceases to amaze me. Their stories all so powerful and inspiring, their words truly are a blessing. With each phone call and new woman I meet, I can't help but wish these amazing women could meet each other. Especially when there's an opportunity for a young woman who has just been diagnosed to hear words of encouragement from a 10 year breast cancer survivor. Those moments are just too powerful to miss.
With that wish in mind, I decided to call upon a few of these inspirational ladies and ask them to share their words of wisdom for the newly diagnosed. The response was overwhelming and I've created a list below full of tips and encouragement to let you know you're not alone.
*My hope is that we can grow this list together, so please feel free to share and add your comments as well!
“Don't go to any appointments alone. Whenever possible, take a spouse, friend, or parent. There is so much information to take in and it helps to have a loved one willing to take notes and be an extra set of ears for you.” - Ann
“Spend time choosing your doctor. Breast cancer specialists who work at dedicated cancer centers offer specific expertise as well as access to the latest treatments that are part of clinical studies.” - Beth
“It's OKAY to freak out.” -Stacey
“Question everything from the doctors. Don't think you are bugging them or they are going to get upset. Who cares! This is your life and you can -and should- ask them EVERYTHING that is on your mind.” - LaTanya
"Get help with navigating financial issues. If you usually are the CFO of the house try to get help from your spouse or a friend to take over the day to day bills. "- Lisa
" Consider writing down your feelings in a journal. This will help with improve mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success you have had in this journey." - Joan
"Eating a well-balanced diet with lean protein, including plant sources, such as lentils, beans, nuts, nut butters, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil, in amounts to maintain a healthy weight, along with exercise is the best thing you can do for optimal health."- Sherry
"Continue your current sports activities as much as physically possible.This will contribute to a less recovery time and keep your mind focused possibly reduce risk for recurrence and new primary cancers." - Holly
"It's okay to discourage false cheerfulness and to share how you're feeling. Share your thoughts, frustrations, anger with a spouse, friends,church group, support group and in your journal. It's important to know you are not alone and that others want to help no matter how you feel that day."- Sandra
"Read uplifting books whenever you can. Before bed, while at doctors appointments, at a coffee shop. This will lighten your mood and it always brings hope." - Heather
"Adopt a fighting spirit. Sometimes easier said than done but you will gain strength from other survivors in support groups, online and through various organizations."- Christy