Three weeks after I was married, at age 23, I was diagnosed with Stage 2a invasive mucinous carcinoma. I have no family history of cancer and tested negative for BRCA and TP53. It felt like I was the only one having to endure something like this, especially at my age. My husband was my biggest support, he was my strength and my sanity when I had none.
I had days where I wanted to crawl into a hole of self-pity and depression. But instead, I have decided to go big with my survivorship! I choose to feel lucky – I made it through chemo and defeated my cancer. I am a strong woman.
Now, I support other women going through the same thing. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who kept a smile on my face throughout my treatment! I took note of their encouraging words, their gentle touches, and positive attitudes, and I use it to help others in a similar situation. There is nothing like the feel of a soft hand reaching out with hope.