When the words are spoken, “You have breast cancer,” for a moment it seems as if the world has stopped. It’s hard to describe the initial sensation, reeling from the words and trying to process their impact. You want to turn back the clock and return to the moment in time prior to this new reality, back to the blissful comfort of the “not knowing.”
The shock and sadness can initially cause a sense of inertia. How do you move forward? What do you need to do first? How do you get up and take the first steps? You just do.
A breast cancer diagnosis is a challenge, an obstacle. It is not the solitary determinant of the quality of your life. Attitude is everything. Empower yourself, choose a team of doctors that you trust, surround yourself with a trusted support network, reach out to women who’ve been through it, and try to maintain a sense of normalcy with the routine of your everyday life.
It’s important to take one step at a time with a focus on the destination rather than the obstacles of the journey.