Many have asked what am I doing since the mastectomy and they need advice on overcoming breast cancer, I figured I better update this blog. I’ve hesitated because I know it means I’ll have to answer many questions that I’m not qualified (legally) to do, however I end up doing it anyway on the phone, speaking engagements and in email as friends of friends have friends to contact me.
“You had such a great attitude.”
“You healed so wonderfully.”
“You maintained your strength and sense of humour.”
“You kept your faith.”
As my life doesn’t belong to me, who am I to withhold information from so many that need it. It is estimated that 207,090 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 . And here are the death rates by race.
Death Rates by race
|All Races||24.0 per 100,000 women|
|White||23.4 per 100,000 women|
|Black||32.4 per 100,000 women|
|Asian/Pacific Islander||12.2 per 100,000 women|
|American Indian/Alaska Native a||17.6 per 100,000 women|
|Hispanic b||15.3 per 100,000 women|
I have to do something! I have to say something! I have to help! Even if it’s just 4 or 5 women.
I’ll update as often as I can and deliver some of the latest information and products but I must be honest; breast cancer and mastectomy are not a part of my life anymore.
Other than my flat chest and post pregnant stomach I NEVER think about it (I know the “baby” is 3yrs old,but the word “post” on post pregnant doesn’t have an age attached to it!). My husband still loves me…I think and I still (try) to eat foods that build my body and support my immune system. I’m transitioning BACK to 80% raw foods and I’m still looking for the time to exercise consistently. But I’ve survived the ordeal and feel GREAT!
One thing I learned from my breast cancer journey is that a woman MUST take care of herself but if she has a certain number of children it’s very difficult to do so. I’m thankful for that period of time where I felt that I had a legitimate reason to focus on me. Even today I still feel guilty about it now, but I’m soooo much better at it.
I once read that the women who are more susceptible to breast cancer are those who take care of others and have a difficult time saying no. I don’t have a difficult time saying no…because I’m busy taking care of others. LOL! If I can’t help you because I’m helping 4 other people plus my 5 children then I’ll easily tell you “no”.
But that’s a problem too.
I’m still learning how to take care of JUST me.
Do you do a good job of taking care of yourself?