“The word cancer…I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I didn’t think I was going to die from it, but I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was.” —PRSF ambassador Sandi T.
Many of us have our own definition of what it means to have breast cancer. For many women, once they hear the word “cancer” they believe that their life will never be the same. It’s hard to articulate what those words feel like and what we equate them with. The term cancer itself immediately instills fear and rattles the mind with intense emotions. The noun is often associated with death, hair loss, mammograms, chemotherapy, and in the case of breast cancer, losing our breasts.
“The ‘c-word’ just isn’t as scary anymore, maybe that’s because I’ve already been through all of the bad parts of it.” —PRSF ambassador Nancy D.
We view cancer to be a formidable enemy, and we believe ourselves needing to engage in a battle, a war. After the initial shock subsides, it’s important to recognize that cancer is a journey, not a battle. There are many reasons to be hopeful. Today, breast cancer survivors stand as the largest group of all cancer survivors with over 2.9 million in the United States. The “c-word” is a challenge. During this time, it is also important to try to keep a positive attitude, live life to the fullest, and treasure every moment.
Believe that you will overcome this battle
Remember that better days are ahead of you
Start each day with a smile
Turn fear into action
Connect with other women who are or have gone through breast cancer
Never give up
Cherish every moment
Engage in hobbies and physical activities that you enjoy
Remember that you are not alone
If you’re interested in sharing your story, please contact us. We also encourage you to follow Pink Ribbon Story Foundation on social media for the latest resources on breast cancer and would love to interact with you on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. You can also visit our YouTube channel to hear more inspiring stories from our breast cancer ambassadors and their families!