This photoshoot took place ten days ago.
Here I am
Let’s start with body image.
You will see the different shots through this article.
I am going to share my thoughts with you today.
I’m talking about all the times I’ve stayed away from a social media post that deals with breast cancer. Are they all sharing the whole story or the entire truth?
When first diagnosed in 2016, I had not been personally involved in or sat beside anyone else dealing with this disease.
I believe that if you haven’t experienced it, you will remain naive.
I believe this works in our journey of life.
October cannot serve as a pink profit capitalization. The five-year survival rate after a stage four breast cancer diagnosis is 22 percent.
The color pink is not a cure.
Breast cancer is one of the most funded cancers in the world. However, more research must move forward, metastatic breast cancer, spreading to another part of the body.
We are losing too many loved ones from a breast cancer diagnosis in 2020.
Let’s not subject ourselves to pinkwashing and forgetting the reality that breast cancer presents.
Another short rant from me
I believe we should always work on ourselves.
If you have experienced this as a late-stage or metastatic patient, I know you understand and have experienced this.
You learn to bite your tongue.
Suppose I am asked specifically about this. I will share what I have learned.
If I had a dollar each time I hear from an earlier stage breast cancer patient or their family member mentions.
“I was in stage 1-2 ” It has been five years. My cancer illness is complete.
I pray these people are one hundred percent correct.
There is a percentage out there that cancer will return to their body at some time and place. The more years you stay cancer-free; yes, the better the rate and your chances that this doesn’t happen.
Those first five years are frightening.
You hit that five-year mark, and you haven’t had a recurrence, and that is a huge deal.
Positive and realistic is what I pray we all can be.
Please don’t ruin your life by obsessing about cancer.
We always need to be working on ourselves.
This is how I feel about being a stage four patient.
She said it so well.
“You know what? I don’t know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life. So, I’m going to eat a cookie if I want it. And I’m going to have a cup of tea if I want it. And if I want to have a little bit of wine, I’m gonna do that. Because of the joy of life and everyday living has to be a part of that healing process as well.”
How do you stay in the moment and stay present and not let it consume you and worry you?
“Why me?” has never been a part of it
I have never felt victimized.
Shortly after my diagnosis in 2016, I was internally asking myself—this question.
Maybe I needed to create a reason to make it ok for myself.
I’ve told so many of you through the years.
You choose to.
I keep the following this close to my heart.
Cancer isn’t necessarily a death sentence
Compassion and empathy for others is a healing force
Gratitude is the best medicine
The percentage of people who pass away because of metastatic breast cancer is very high. If I were to focus and obsess on those numbers, I most likely would not have surpassed what the doctors told me in 2016.
Yes, it does cross my mind. Specifically, when I get reminded that I have tumors growing in my brain or repeat PET scans due.
So I sit there, and I feel it. I get scared and emotional. I’ve learned to work through these emotions and, most importantly, move forward.
I focus on finding peace in every moment.
I search for the positive and the intention behind my thoughts and actions.
As well as others.
I dream of the future.
I affirm what that future looks like.
I do my best not to think about it all often. It is easiest to explain this by simply stating I don’t obsess.
I work on keeping my mind and heart at peace.
And the metastatic breast cancer path that I have chosen.
When I write my thoughts and experience with you, they are raw and fresh on my mind.
This is my perfect place to process and work on my mind and attitude.
Sending well wishes and health to us all.