Coping as a Mother with Breast Cancer

Coping as a Mother with Breast Cancer
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono Coping as both a mother and having breast cancer are two difficult challenges. Both require your time, energy, attention and emotional stability. Even though going through breast cancer and raising two young children seems too much to handle, the kids are the ones who helped me survive. When the world seems like a dark place, your children become the light at the end of the tunnel. One of the first thoughts I had when I learned that I had breast cancer was, "How am I going to tell my daughter?" At the time, she was 9 years old and enjoying (plus navigating) her own life. Nine is already a very difficult age for a girl. I really didn't want to add cancer into the mix. We are also very close and have a loving connection. Her father — my late husband — passed away when she was only 6 months old. So the idea that I had cancer, and all of the ramifications that come with it, just seemed unbearable. My son was just 2 years old, so he didn't need to know, but it still choked me up at the thought of not being around long enough to raise him the way I had planned. I found out that I had cancer on a Friday. My dad normally picked my daughter up after school, so I just let her spend the night so I could get myself together to talk to her. I knew full well that I needed to be strong and open so she could express her emotions freely. I dreaded it, and I knew other family members who could step in and talk to her for me, but I owed it to her to tell her myself. When she
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