A broken body gets its strength from resilience. Cancer treatment breaks our identity but after cancer treatment, the fallout of effects can keep breaking us for years to come. There is a Japanese bowl that is more valuable repaired than it was perfect. That is resilience and it is contagious. Read More
What an amazing ordeal our bodies take in illness. Our inability to get back to our everyday lives affects not just us but the world of people around us. They are the forgotten heroes who step up to the plate and get us through - the Co-Survivors. But give yourself credit too. It takes a change in attitude to let go of the reins, lose control and let those people take over. It is a team of HELP that take us on our next journey. Your outcome unknown but their unconditional acceptance of you is worth noticing and recognizing. Read More
We celebrate World cancer Day and those people who hold us up on that cancer journey and beyond. They are friends, co-workers, family and even online connections to keep us in touch with the world outside. My 3 foot world is my current struggle. In cancer treatment after cancer treatment and finding the resilience to manage beyond that, we count on these people - our co-survivors Read More
At 47, I was diagnosed with simultaneous bilateral invasive breast cancers. My world as a busy mum and doctor was in a tailspin as I underwent bilateral mastecomies, reconstuction, node sampling then axillary dissection, chemo then hysterectomy after significant BRCA mutation results. I then helped family members through BRCA testing and the difficult decisions. I made positive thinking cards to help me out of every hardship, push me forwards. Finding balance is hard after breaking my arm twice since then - I have difficulty with the slow down part! I am so grateful to be back at work, able to help people through the emotional side that comes with cancer - from Both Sides.