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Breast Cancer: It’s All In How You Look At It

By Lynne B.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer certainly is life changing. Life as you know it is different, because the moment you are diagnosed the breast cancer is now a part of your life and always will be. The good news is that may not necessarily be a bad thing. You see it is all in how you look at things. Even the word breast cancer appears different to me. I look at the word and the letter r and the letter a in the word breast simply do not exist. This leaves me with the word BEST. What I have tried to focus on is the BEST things that have come my way while in this situation. By doing this is has allowed me to put my BEST foot forward during this journey. I have a couple of simple suggestions to keep in mind as well as sharing some of my personal BESTS. 

  1. Always remember to take the BEST care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of rest, get out in the fresh air, meditate, pray whatever makes you feel good. 
  2. Surround yourself with family and friends. This is the BEST medicine there is. 
  3. Mentally be the BEST you can. If something is bothering you talk to someone or journal your thoughts. Don’t keep it inside, you will feel better to let it out. 
Now to share a couple of my personal BESTS: 
  1. BEST memory: my family and friends left a basket on my front door the night before surgery. IN the basket was a bracelet. Each one of my family and friends chose a charm for the bracelet and included a note to me explaining why they chose the charm they did. I cannot tell you how much this touched me. I wear the bracelet as a constant reminder of the love and support I have from all my family and friends. 
  2. BEST advice: I have received is don’t get ahead of yourself. Live in the moment, address one thing at a time and then put it behind you. It is easy to get ahead of yourself and that just creates chaos in your mind. My son had an idea on how to keep me in the moment. The night before my first chemotherapy treatment be gave me six silk roses. Five pink and one red rose. He explained to me that each of the roses represented one of my treatments. After each treatment I put away one rose. It keeps me in the moment and it is good to see the vase of roses get smaller. He told me that the remaining red rose I must always keep in a vase as a constant reminder that my treatments are behind me and of all my family and friends who love me. (Who is the kid and more importantly, who is his mother?)
  3. Another BEST for me is that I have had the absolute best medical care during this whole process. Everyone who has treated me has been blessed with the talent and knowledge to perform miracles. I know some of these people will remain in my life forever.
  4. Another BEST is I have had some of the best meals ever. Friends and family have dropped off prepared meals or had us over; this is always a good thing when you don’t have to cook.
  5. Best policy I adopted was to be on a “need to know” basis. Knowledge can be empowering, but too much can be overwhelming. Don’t force yourself to digest too much information if you are not ready. I would tell all my doctors I am on a need to know basis. I explained to them to just tell me the basics I did not want too much detail. Eventually, I reached a point where I wanted to know everything, but it is easier when I was ready.
  6. The BEST thing about losing my hair (and believe me this was a hard one because losing my hair was not easy) was getting ready in the morning. It is so quick. No washing, drying, flat ironing or curling hair. I just place the piece on my heard and it looks consistently good. Rain, snow, sleet, its good. 
As I said earlier, being diagnosed with breast cancer is life changing, but it can be a change for the better in how you look at things. It shouldn’t take having cancer to live your life looking for the BEST of situations in life, it is good advice for everyone. I know I have a road ahead of me, but I am confident that the BEST is yet to come. It may be that breast cancer is the BEsomeST thing that every happened to me.

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