Survivor since 2007
I run an email information group for the horse community in my area.... horses=mostly women. Number One... if I didn't say something the gossip/rumor mill would have me dying in two weeks so I decided to --include-- everyone in my treatment. My goal was to show other women breast cancer was not a death sentence. I wanted other women to see having regular mammograms and doing self checks can find breast cancer in earlier curable treatable stages. I wanted them to see the treatment could be quite doable and during chemo you aren't living your life on the bathroom floor sick as a dog. I didn't want people to be afraid of me with my bald head.... I was not a leper, I was the same person!
I am a very outgoing woman who doesn't shrink from a challenge.... that's just me. Many women came out of the cancer closet and confided in me because they didn't want to share their cancer with others except family.... THAT'S GREAT! We are all individuals, I would be the last person to say we all have to blab it around. I truly feel part of the reason why I got picked for breast cancer is because I am a blabbermouth. I WANT to show other women don't be so terrified of a disease that it scares you to death! GO GET CHECKED! If it is found, get it treated and go on with your life. While I had this disease, I might as well use it to possibly help women by example. I had some rough days but they were few and far between. We handle the disease and treatment the best way we can. My way was to not hide myself and to help encourage other women to check themselves and have their annual mamm's. Take care, Sharon