I just passed my ten-year anniversary of being diagnosed in 2012. That causes me to take a pause and reflect on all I’ve learned about breast cancer in the last ten years.
Very early on, I fell in love with my pink sisters and started to advocate for them on many levels. As my “tribe” continued to grow, I found ways to stay in conversation with them to learn about the most important aspects of their treatment and post-treatment. Because everyone's journey is different.
There is no doubt that “fear of recurrence” is the number one fear of women who have endured breast cancer. It doesn’t matter if their diagnosis was Stage 0 or Stage 4—once the door to cancer has been opened, there isn’t a way to shut it.
I’ve learned a lot about fear and how to manage it over this past decade.
My mission is to help my sisters in the breast cancer community heal their unseen wounds. And that help comes in all sorts of packages. We serve thousands of women in dozens of countries through our amazing private breast cancer support groups. And every so often, we host free workshops like New Year—NO FEAR (starts Monday, January 10) to equip and encourage our women. Find out more about us here.
Shared with love by Jan James, Hope After Breast Cancer
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