I will never forget the feeling, sitting in the doctor’s office, when I received my diagnosis of breast cancer.
I remember it like it was just yesterday but am very happy to report that it was in January 2008.
At the age of 46 it was a complete shock to get that diagnosis because there was no history of breast cancer in my family. That was the day that my journey began. I was fortunate to have a very supportive family and group of friends to walk with me during the next year, as I had six months of chemotherapy followed by a bilateral mastectomy and a month of radiation treatments. Although I did not choose to become part of this group, my diagnosis has brought me into contact with some very strong, courageous and inspiring people. I was invited to attend the survivor supper here in Sackville but chose not to, as at that time I did not feel like a survivor but I have come to realize a few things over the past years:
1) Everything happens for a reason;
2) The Lord doesn't give you anything you cannot handle;
3) If you can survive the day of the diagnosis, you are indeed a survivor.
I was fortunate enough to not feel ill during my chemotherapy treatments and like to tell the story of my first one. My wonderful sister-in-law came to my appointment with me and it was a very long day. The pharmacist explains all of the medication to you with all of the worst side affects. When I went home from the hospital I got my pajamas on, got a glass of water a blanket and pillow and the remote control and lay down on the couch and waited to be sick. But when it didn't happen after a few days I thought I had better get up and get on with living and that is what I did and have been doing for the past five years.
The Relay for Life event will be held Oct.18, 2013, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Oct. 19.