There is no Wrong Way or Right Way to Take the Breast Cancer Journey


By Darci Graves, MPP, MA, Editor, Health Power Spiritual Health Channel


Cancer is a personal journey.

Tissue Conserving, Nipple Sparing, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Double Mastectomy

Reconstruction, No Reconstruction, Expanders, Fat Grafting, Bigger, Smaller, Tattooed, or not

Port, No Port

Chemotherapy, Radiation, Before the Surgery, After the Surgery

Bald, wigged, scarved

The journey is about being educated, about knowing your options and knowing what is best for you.

Cancer is a personal journey.

Genetic Testing or Not

Prophylactic Mastectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Total Hysterectomy

These are all choices.

This is your body.

You know what is right for you.

Make the choices that YOU can live with

Assemble your team.

Assemble an ARMY of qualified, educated, supportive, unconditionally loving individuals and do this.

Don’t let anyone bully you into a choice not your doctor, not your mother, not your spouse

Make the (informed) choices that are right for you.

Cancer is a personal journey.

Now that I’ve said all of that, I’m going to share my two cents (yes, I see the contradiction) do with it as you will

Do everything in your power to make it to the end.

Ask for help and accept help when it is offered.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to.

Being angry, sad, frustrated, and scared is normal, but try not to let it consume you it just makes all the other parts of this shitty journey feel worse.

CELEBRATE EVERYTHING. ALL OF THE THINGS. I know the temptation is to wait to the end – when you are D.O.N.E. but this can be a long journey, so celebrate everything.

Bowel movement?  YAY you.

Took a flight of stairs?  here is some confetti.

Drains out? PARTY TIME.

Shaved your armpits? – let’s throw a parade.

Celebrate every step. Because life is short people. We know that all too well. So don’t wait until the end. If you have accomplished something, ring the bell, do a little dance, high-five yourself.

Cancer is a personal journey, but it is a journey made easier with friends, family, loved ones, and even supportive strangers.

You are not alone.

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