So I'm so pleased that she's here on the blog today, talking about her experience and what life is like now that the treatments are *mostly* over.
Thank you, Jennifer. For being here, and for offering up a prize of your "cancer book", Confessions of an Improper Bride. We'll pick a winner from the comments - please leave contact info so I can get in touch with the winner.
Life After Breast Cancer
I went public with my breast cancer diagnosis almost a year and a half now. I have to say, the past months have been the most intense, difficult, yet amazing months of my life. Difficult and intense because of the treatments and the overall stress of having cancer. Amazing because I developed a new appreciation for the kindness of human nature. So many people came forward to offer me help, it was incredible. I’m so thankful and appreciative for all the people do for cancer patients out of no more than than the kindness of their hearts. I could not have written CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPROPER BRIDE (which was completed during chemo and radiation) without the support of so many friends, family, and acquaintances.
Now that my treatment is over (except for the drug, Tamoxifen, that I will be taking for another 4.5 years, and the constant check-ups), I’m trying to get back into life, but I realized long ago that my life is permanently altered--it will be never the same as it was before breast cancer.
Treatment definitely is tough, and chemo is certainly no cakewalk, but for me, the major struggles came afterward. Here I am, technically well but still healing from the physical effects of the drugs, and with a new appreciation for life, family, and friends. Like the heroine in Donna’s HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART, I want to embrace life and live it to the fullest, and I don’t want to think about cancer anymore. Yet the cancer is always there, at the back of my mind. Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder if a single cell escaped and is now multiplying like crazy somewhere in my body. That’s a scary thought. Petrifying, at times. And…well, the internet doesn’t help!
Yet I don’t want to live life in terror of recurrence of cancer. So I fight it. I try to push it to the back of my mind and continue on living my life. That’s the challenge I face every day. But it’s only been a year, after all…and less than a year since the treatment ended. It will get easier--I’m sure of it. In the meantime, I continue to embrace the beauty of life, enjoy my family, and appreciate my career.
For those of you out there who have been a caregiver for someone with cancer, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are truly the unsung heroes. For those of you struggling with cancer, I wish you the very best, and if you ever need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on, I’m always here. You can contact me over at my website, jenniferhaymore.com.
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