I am a Registered Nurse that enjoys music, dancing, and volunteering. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 60 and was treated with partial mastectomy and radiation.
What helped me cope through my survivor journey was having a girlfriend, a breast cancer survivor herself, walk the journey with me every step of the way.
Being a breast cancer survivor has taught me that life is fragile and friendships are important. Having my own friend by my side helped me to realize this early in my treatment. Our health can change without warning, so cherish those that are close to you because they will help you keep a positive attitude, which makes any journey more bearable.
I volunteer because it is my philosophy that an essential part of the human condition is to give back what is received along the way to, in part, complete the circle of life. I know how important is can be to have someone by your side throughout this journey who understands the circumstances and is there to support you.
One piece of advice I would give to a newly diagnosed woman would be to not make the journey alone. Accept assistance with an open mind, a sincere heart, and grateful hands.