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Surviving Breast Cancer: My Journey

At the age of 33, I was diagnosed with stage 3 grade 3 Triple Negative Breast cancer. I underwent 20 rounds of chemotherapy, two surgeries, and a lot of medication. The amputation of both my breasts was traumatizing. But through this journey, I've learned that advocating for yourself is key.


Diagnosis: A Young Age

What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

A rare but aggressive form of breast cancer that is more common in young women and accounts for about 10-20% of all breast cancers.

Doctor Appointments

Learn how to prepare for appointments, ask the right questions, and become your own advocate.

Caring for Your Mental Health


Find support through online groups, therapy, and helpful resources to cope with the emotional toll of cancer.

Survivor Stories

Gather inspiration and hope from other women who have faced Triple Negative Breast Cancer and come out the other side.

Treatment: Chemo, Surgery, Medication

Chemotherapy

  • What to expect during treatment
  • The importance of self-care
  • The impact on your daily life

Surgery

  • Types of surgery
  • Reconstruction options
  • Aftercare instructions

Medication

  • Drug options and side effects
  • Staying organized with your medication schedule
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a patient

Trauma of Breast Amputation

Physical Recovery

Get tips on how to take care of yourself post surgery and how to build strength and mobility.

Mental and Emotional Recovery

Explore the option of mastectomy tattoos as a way to reclaim your body and feel empowered.

Feeling Confident

Find the right breast prosthesis, bras, and clothing to help you feel comfortable and confident.

Importance of Advocating for Yourself

Building a Support System

Having loved ones or a trained advocate with you during appointments can help you ask the right questions and advocate for yourself.

Fighting Insurance Hassles

Learn how to navigate the medical and insurance system and get the care and coverage you deserve.

Speaking Your Truth

Learn how to speak up and assert yourself when you're not getting the quality care you deserve.

Lessons Learned

Self-Care is Non-Negotiable

Take care of yourself physically and mentally, even if it means putting other things on hold. You can't pour from an empty cup.

Community is Key

Find support from other survivors, online groups, or a trusted friend or loved one. You don't have to face cancer alone.

Advocate for Yourself

Speak up, ask questions, and be your own advocate. You deserve to get the best care possible.

Coping with Cancer

Self-Care Tips

Learn techniques to manage stress and take care of your physical and mental health.

Good Nutrition

Find out how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet during and after cancer treatment.

Exercise

Discover the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment, and get tips on how to get started.

Alternative Therapies

Explore complementary treatments to help you manage symptoms and cope with cancer, like acupuncture or meditation.

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