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What are some essentials you’ve found comforting during treatment?
Letting our friends and family know was crucial to us. They planned and provided meals for our family. They helped with picking up kids, taking them to/from events. My husband’s employees gave me a soft blanket, gloves and socks. Those were so comforting, I had to remind my kids and dog that they were for me, but I really didn’t mind too much.
If you had any piece of advice for a newly diagnosed woman, what would it be? Or what do you wish someone had told you?
Be educated, learn as much as you can, but realize what happens to you is your own story. It’s kinda like all of the stories you received when you were expecting your child. Everyone’s story is different. Even my 3 childbirths were so different from each other.
Also, get involved in a breast cancer support group. I went because I knew I needed to share and learn with others that were going through similar situations. Many family and friends could sympathize, but could not empathize. I felt I was strong, but I knew I needed to surround myself with other survivors.
How or in what do you find motivation on your more difficult days?
My husband and 3 daughters are my motivation. I needed to be strong for them so they knew we could get through all of this. They saw me sick, but not discouraged. I felt they needed this to help them continue to be strong.My husband and I shared a common statement, “Control the controllables.”You can’t control cancer, but you can control your treatment, doctors and if you have chemo, you can control when you will lose your hair. I had a “shave the head” party where all those invited took a moment to say something about me or my family and shaved a piece of my hair off my head. It was wonderful to share that with everyone. My family was able to take control, again.I am sending a few pictures. I’ll let you choose what you you would like to use. I will send your information to our support group leader so she can share.