In the Breast Cancer community, we call Breast Cancer the gift that keeps on giving. It is a satirical snarky comment. Breast Cancer treatments have lasting effects. In the vernacular we call it late effects. Besides the medical turmoil of the disease, Breast Cancer gave me other things too.
Breast cancer gave me a wakeup call. I looked closely at my life and I sought changes. I chose changes in my career path and changes in my personal life. I realized that life is not as long as I thought. Funny how a life threatening diagnosis will make you challenge your values and life’s direction!
I am naturally a happy person and rather positive. Perhaps this helped me in my choices with breast cancer? What really helped me was my background in medical jargon, protocols and policies. Bottom line is breast cancer sucks and it is a raw deal given to anyone. There is no sugar coating it and I am not trying to here.
My experience with breast cancer gave me resolve to spend time and energy with friends and family that support me. I axed all the energy vampires and coat-tale friends and family members. It was easy because breast cancer did not give me a lot of extra energy and I needed energy for more positive directions.
Through my experience with breast cancer I started a new career. Never in a million years when I was diagnosed with breast cancer did I think it would lead to a career as an entrepreneur! I recognized a problem I suffered through my experience that effected many women and chose to create a solution.
I am lucky to be in various clinical trials. Participating in 7 clinical trials to date. In these trials I made some new friends. Because these trials are usually with other cancer survivors some of my new friends died. The reality is clear to me to appreciate friends dearly because we may not age together to become old.
The last thing breast cancer gave me is an understanding to be more patient. From being a patient patient to being more understanding and patient with other people, especially those I love!
This month of breast cancer awareness always gets me talking on the subject.
Have you been touched by breast cancer or some one you love?