Having cancer has been a health concern in my family. I thought I was healthy as a former fit military combat veteran, fitness instructor, and vegetarian… That said, nature ran over nurture.
When we face this type of situations, we have options as the typical stress-response of either freeze, flee, or fight it. Well, as a behaviorist, I choose to…fight it! More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from this disease!
I found it during a mommy-daughter buying clothes bonding time… So I say that my daughter saved my life as my sister’s dog saved hers!
Coping started from when I got the news last week and it will continue after I get rid of it… although I understand that we don’t ever “get rid of it” per se. In fact, we all have cancer cells…. so I suggest for everyone to get continuously checked!
Interesting how many people were more concerned about me removing my breast and the size of the potential implants… than about the cancer itself! I will decide to get the breast reconstruction later on, as I don’t need that part to go on living. Angelina Jolie did what she thought it was best for her and her family. That is a choice we make when we have breast. I am sure that she did not undergo my same painful surgery to update her breast size but to prevent having to do it later on.
For what it is worth, having a healthy support group is priceless. We must also be there for the significant others affected by our health. The world won’t stop turning around… so we must just get up, smile, and move on. At least, that is what I am planning to do!