5 Year Anniversary

Dear Friends,
Today is the 5 year Anniversary of my bilateral  mastectomy. I was initially diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in 1991 at the age of 34.  BC have been a very large part of my life for the past 29 years and has shaped me into the person I am today. However Cancer does not  define me.It has taught me what really matters in this life. It is not about what I have lost but more about what I have gained. Wounds heal and Love endures.
I would first  like to thank my wonderful family and friends. You are my Angels! You lifted me up when my wings were broken and held me aloft so I could heal and fly on my own again.
The main reason I am sharing this post is to let all the women ( and men) who are facing this same diagnosis and surgery that there is a Great Big Beautiful World waiting for you after a
Mastectomy.
I am not going to tell you that it is easy. It is not. The physical healing comes first but the emotional healing takes longer. Please be kind and patient with yourself. It is definitely a
marathon and not a sprint.
Don’t think of a mastectomy as an ending but rather it’s a new beginning. Today I am cancer free and looking forward to everything life has to offer.
With Profound Gratitude 💕
Joanne

 

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