Once diagnosed with breast cancer, many women are left wondering “Why me?” There are many phases that women go through to process their new reality; disbelief, fear, sadness, and anger are just a few. It’s hard to accept. Life is unpredictable and the only certainty in life is the uncertainty of what tomorrow brings. A cancer diagnosis presents an unexpected challenge. The status quo of everyday life is interrupted and it becomes necessary to navigate a new journey, an unexpected path.
Once the initial diagnosis settles in, many women feel betrayed by their bodies and are left wondering if there was anything they did to cause their cancer. Was there something they could have done to prevent it? It’s never easy to accept bad news, but the first step in healing is acceptance. Once you begin to realize what you can control and what is beyond your control, you can begin to view a challenging diagnosis from a different perspective. Instead of focusing on what you could or could not have done differently in the past, you can take ownership of what you can do today and tomorrow to empower yourself and successfully navigate your diagnosis and treatment.