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New Life

Reintroducing myself into society after being in the bubble of treatment feels both liberating and intimidating. It's like stepping into a new world.Curious glances and well-intentioned questions can make social interactions uncomfortable.Cancer may have changed me, but it doesn't define me. Embracing my scars and new normal is a journey of self-acceptance, an yet so much more this road has been hard for me proud of what my body has overcome an continue to overcome its my scars are barely noticeable , just to think in a few months I'll have surgery again.  Hearing the words " I dont want to be negative " after asking my oncologist if and when I can get deported lol.( removal of port) her saying that then saying " lets wait 18 months two years you never know reoccurrence ." That word is like a knife to the chest, no longer was I happy at that visit it was just last week. So am I really over this shit ? No I have this port an these expanders as a reminder

Finding Normalcy After Cancer

Surviving cancer is a great accomplishment, but it doesn't come without consequences. The fight may be over, but the body and mind still need time to heal. The lack of energy and the fear of recurrence can be overwhelming. It's crucial to give yourself time to recover and get a support system in place.After surviving cancer, one is often asked the question, "What's next?" It's an innocent inquiry, but it can be overwhelming. Many survivors may feel like they've already accomplished the biggest challenge and struggle to define the next goal. It's important to take time for introspection and access your true desires. "A cancer diagnosis changes you. It opens your eyes to what's important in life. Don't let anyone else define your future. Follow your heart and do what makes sense for you." - Anonymous cancer survivor the world keeps asking me the same question - "What are you going to do?" All I want is a moment to rest, but li

Breast Cancer Awareness: A Personal Perspective

As someone who has battled breast cancer and is now in remission, the overwhelming impact of Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits close to home. The sea of pink ribbons prompts me to question where the funds are really going, especially when patients like me struggle to access grants. However, , I recognize the importance of raising awareness and sharing personal experiences to educate others about this disease.  During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it seems like pink ribbons are everywhere. While the visual representation is powerful, I often wonder about the true allocation of funds. Are these resources reaching those who need it the most? It's crucial to ensure that the impact is felt where it matters most - supporting patients and their journey towards recovery. Sometimes, the sheer magnitude of pink ribbons and campaigns can inadvertently overshadow the real stories of those affected by breast cancer. It's crucial that we strike a balance between raising awareness and provi

The Unspoken Struggle

Surviving cancer is a blessing, but life after cancer can be incredibly difficult. The challenges faced by cancer survivors are often overlooked, leaving many feeling alone and unheard. As a black woman with a triple negative diagnosis, my journey has been especially tough. In this document, I share my experience with honesty and detail. Life after cancer treatment is not what you think it would be. It's not all unicorns and rainbows. It's a struggle. Still going through treatment means you feel like you never got a break from the disease. Every day is a reminder that cancer is still a reality. Cancer Is Not Over Surviving cancer does not necessarily mean that cancer is over. The fear of recurrence is real. The constant visits to the doctor will keep the cancer journey alive. Impact of Triple Negative Diagnosis Being diagnosed as triple negative is a tough pill to swallow. The side effects from treatment are intensified, and the chance of recurrence is higher. It means 5 years

A Journey of Strength and Resilience

I never anticipated being diagnosed with cancer in my 30s. Chemotherapy was a difficult phase, but it wasn't the end of my battle. In this blog post, I'll share the importance of continued support, life after cancer, body image changes, emotional impact, and my personal reflection on this transformative experience. A Life-Altering Moment Receiving a cancer diagnosis in my 30s was a shock. It forced me to face mortality and reevaluate my priorities. The journey ahead seemed daunting, but my resilience kicked in. Unexpected Challenges Being diagnosed at this stage of life comes with its own set of unique challenges. Balancing career, family, and personal life became even more complex as I navigated treatment. Empowering Others Sharing my story empowered others facing similar battles. Together, we formed a community of support and encouragement, reminding each other that we are not alone. Chemo is Not the End 1. Physical Healing Chemo may have ended, but the recovery process is on