What a difference a year makes! Last September at this time, I was full of nerves about doing the Pink O Course, a 10km, 30 obstacle race benefiting Rethink Breast Cancer. It seemed the perfect way to honour the many family and friends who I have lost to breast cancer, but also and incredible challenge for me personally because I am a breast cancer survivor.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 when my children were two, three and six. Some of us knew how to support a mother or grandmother through this disease -- but a friend? Now, I often get calls and emails from friends who are at a loss when another friend has been diagnosed. What can they do to help? Here is a list of things that friends did for me -- or things that I heard of people doing for friends with breast cancer.
No woman ever wants to hear the words "It's breast cancer." And certainly no one expects to hear those words in her 30s. After finding out I had breast cancer, while I knew the surgeons and oncologists were taking care of my physical needs, I truly struggled emotionally. So how do you go about finding support that suits your needs?
We're in the second half of breast cancer awareness month, and there's no better time to remind all the ladies that checking your breasts regularly is...