Advice for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

Advice for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono When you first discover you have breast cancer, the world stops and spins about a million times. Nothing can, or will ever, prepare you for hearing anyone say: "I'm sorry to tell you, but we found cancer in your biopsy." Or how my oncologist put it: "We found a little bit of cancer." That is like saying you're a little bit pregnant. You either are, or you aren't -- there isn't a happy medium. Even if you are the strongest, healthiest, prettiest, and most emotionally healthy woman who ever walked the Earth, hearing that you have breast cancer will make you feel things you never felt before. I actually beat myself up for how I reacted to my phone call. I cried, shook, and couldn't speak to anyone about it for several hours. I thought to myself, "Come on, you can handle this. You handle everything else." But, listen, when you learn you have cancer, it is OK to feel whatever you need to feel, and act however you need to act, on the first day. Unfortunately, sooner or later, you will need to tell your family and friends. I know you don't want to, because you don't want to ruin their day. But trust me, they want and need to know so they can do a better job of helping you. I'm sure you'll hear people say, "You can fight this." As you will understand soon, cancer is not a fair fight. I never saw myself as fighting cancer, but fighting to find the right treatment, the right doctor, the right hospital and the right support services. Radiation, chemotherapy, other m
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