Breast Cancer: Now What?

Breast Cancer Blog Series

Breast Cancer: Now What? Women of all ages fear the dreaded words, “I think you need a biopsy for breast cancer.”

I am not the poster child for annual mammograms. Before November of 2017, my last one was about ten or more years ago. (I don’t even remember when it was!)

When my doctor found a lump in my left breast during a routine pre-Medicare physical, we both agreed I needed one.

The peaks and valleys of breast cancer

THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is different for each woman who is diagnosed. I can only speak for myself in saying that there are initially many more valleys than peaks.

For those of us who are breast cancer survivors, there are so many challenges (VALLEYS) we go through…mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Click To Tweet

MENTAL VALLEYS

We may ask:

      • Why me?
      • What is breast cancer?
      • How did I get cancer?
      • Am I going to die?
      • What happens next?

After the biopsies (which are NO picnic) and diagnosis, we ask:

  • Do I need to be in a hurry?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Do I have choices?
  • Which treatments are right for me?
  • How do I prepare for surgery?
  • What treatments are right for me post-surgery?
  • What will recovery involve and for how long?
  • How can I keep it from recurring?

The lingo the physicians throw at us requires another college degree to understand what they are talking about! This adds to our mental stress.

EMOTIONAL VALLEYS

Then the questions arise:

  • How will this affect my relationship with those I love?
  • What lifestyle changes will be necessary?
  • How do I keep a positive attitude?
  • Won’t the stress play havoc with my emotions and affect my healing?

PHYSICAL VALLEYS

  • How much pain will I be in and for how long?
  • Will the treatments make me sick?
  • Will I lose my hair?
  • Do I want reconstruction?

SPIRITUAL VALLEYS

Spiritual valleys creep in even if we have a deep-rooted faith.

  • Am I being punished?
  • Did God “zap” me with this disease?
  • I am scared. Can God help me?
  • Will God heal me?

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PEAKS IN THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY

Fortunately, there are also PEAKS in this journey! There are many more I will be writing about in upcoming posts…

I wrote this journal entry after having multiple biopsies, ultrasounds, and MRI. Then came the needle biopsy, which was not as painful as the mammograms had been. After I got the call from the surgeon that I had cancer, I wrote this journal entry…

“This morning when I awoke, I was thinking about peaks and valleys. Since I am working on a logo with mountains and sun (hope) behind it for my website, I want to write about the peaks and valleys of surviving breast cancer. I am going to begin blogging about the steps you go through…emotions, decisions to make, physical pain challenges, spiritual challenges, family challenges, etc.

Then I read the Our Daily Bread devotional about The Great Physician (to read the article, click on the link at the end of this post).

I was reminded that striving for spiritual well-being could be much more crucial than physical healing because physical pain is temporary and spiritual healing is eternal.

The prayer in that day’s devotional really rang home.

“Father in heaven, it’s so hard to see beyond our pain. Please let us sense Your mercy in this moment.Lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Let us find a new vision and source of health in the care of Christ, who heals.” –OurDailyBread

My journey has included double mastectomies, decisions about treatments, love and support from family and friends, and radical changes in diet and lifestyle. As of August 2018, I am cancer FREE!

In this blog series, I will share honestly and openly what I have experienced,  what I have learned, and specific changes you can make in your lifestyle to prevent or heal cancer. Yes, cancer can be cured…

Watch this documentary: https://cancercanbekilled.com/

Go to ChrisBeatCancer: https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

My intentions are not to convince you what to do, only to give you information and inspiration to make choices, live every day striving to deepen your faith, and find complete healing and wellness.

 


Breast Cancer Blog Series

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Cancer Survivors Day is Today!

 

 

Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day

Today is Cancer Survivors Day!

 

June 3rd is National Cancer Survivors Day. It was created to honor all who have fought the cancer dragon and WON, and to give hope to those currently fighting this disease.

There are around 14.5 million people in the U.S. who have beat cancer or are currently fighting the battle. Every year 450 men and women out of 100,000 are diagnosed with some form of cancer, and 171 die from it (per 100k). 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. One out of eight women in the U.S. could develop invasive breast cancer.

If you haven’t been personally affected by cancer, I bet you know friends or family members who have been.

My Experience With Cancer

 😥 I am ashamed to admit it, but before I heard, “You need a biopsy. This could be breast cancer”…

 🙂 I had compassion for so many I have known (friends and relatives).

 😕  I offered to pray for them, but after a few days, I forgot to lift them up.

 🙂 Perhaps I would visit them, listen, and pray with them.

But…

 😥 I did NOT take them meals after surgery or when they were ill from treatments.

  😥 I did NOT send cards or notes to let them know I cared.

 

Now that I have had breast cancer and mastectomies, I KNOW exactly how to comfort those who get this life-changing diagnosis!


I wrote this poem to  express my feelings after I heard the scary and life-changing words, “You have breast cancer…”

It is dedicated to my friends (Lisa McDaniel) and relatives (my dad and aunt) who have died from cancer and my survivor friends (I won’t list them…I might leave out someone’s name).

Hearing the News

Hearing the news

Changed attitudes

Calls not made

Prayers not prayed

Cards not sent

Time not spent

Letting you know

You won’t fly solo

Through your disease

And its horrors, Oh please

Forgive me, I pray

For looking away!

To not let you know

I love you so!

–Karyn Almendarez, January 2018

Cancer Survivor Day

How Do We Celebrate and Honor Cancer Warriors?

  • Remember those who have fought and lost and what they mean to you
  • Call a cancer warrior/survivor today and tell them you care
  • Send an encouragement card
  • Start a written or digital prayer list and pray for one person each day
  • Take dinner to a cancer victim

**Here is an excellent resource for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer!

http://openyourtreasures.com/7bby

As always, the best resource is God’s Word!

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV) 


PLEASE share this post with anyone you know who has cancer or is a cancer survivor!

Until next time… Blessings and Health!