Finding the Resolve
You could so easily be taken under by it, until the day you wake up and you say I'm fighting back. And it's not happening this way.

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.”

I'll beat this. I'm going to keep living my life. I'm not going to slow down. Once I decided this wasn't going to change who I am, cancer wasn't going to make me a statistic, I was going to beat this and it picked the wrong person . -- Lane P.

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.

"We have this idea of how devastating chemotherapy or a mastectomy is going to be for our life, but you just do what you need to do."
"The biggest thing about it was your attitude. You had to stay positive. I never think of cancer as a death sentence."
"What did I want the end result to be? I wanted to be healthy and cancer-free. How do I get there? I have to have this surgery and follow the treatment plan."
"I can do this. I just wanted to push through and keep going on the path and keep getting it done because we had a plan."
"Other than the first day or two after chemotherapy I got up everyday, put on my make-up and went to work."
"We have too much left to do. I'm not dying. I want to live. We're going to do this together and when it's your turn, I'll be there for you."
"You have to look on the bright side of everything and when you're dealing with cancer it's hard to find the bright things. Maybe I'll be stronger to face other things down the road."
"You just have to fight for what's important to you. The everyday things you took for granted, you're willing to fight for."