Hello world-My Breast Cancer Update

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?

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