"[W]e need never be ashamed of our tears ..." - Charles Dickens One of the things I've come to accept about myself is that I cry easily. What hasn’t come easily is crying in front of other people. During the diagnostic and treatment phases of cancer, I usually clamped down my tears. As a mother, [...]
Getting a cancer diagnosis pulls the rug out from under your life. It's a struggle to give up expectations and learn to accept the unknown.
I had my mastectomy on a Wednesday. I think it was Friday morning, when the anesthesia finally wore off, that I had my breakdown. Not being in my right mind, I could be wrong. What I know for sure is that cancer had been eating away at my emotions for the past six and a [...]
Worrying and cancer go hand-in-hand. It's possible to take a step back from excessive worrying and give yourself a break.
It's isolating to have cancer. Making a connection with someone who understands makes all the difference.
There's a list of things we're supposed to do as good patients. And then, there's the reality of living with cancer and doing the best we can.
Do you have difficulty sleeping or staying asleep during the night? I sure do. I've always been prone to insomnia but, while I was undergoing cancer treatment, it was especially bad. I've learned the hard way that the best way to keep yourself wide awake is to freak out about not sleeping. Now I know [...]