Processing Breast Cancer News

Processing Breast Cancer News
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono Learning that you have cancer affects you emotionally in ways that are hard to explain. After the biopsy in my left breast, everyone seemed optimistic that I didn't have cancer. I didn't prepare to hear any bad news, but I felt anxious to hear the news. Until I actually had to hear it, that is. I was in the middle of cleaning my bedroom on a January Friday morning. My phone rang, I saw it was from my oncologist's office, so I took a deep breath before I answered. My doctor sounded very happy, and my nerves instantly calmed. No one could give bad news in such a pleasant voice. He said that he had the results from my biopsy. Then he said, "I'm afraid that the margins weren't clear, and they found a little cancer." After that, I somehow managed to schedule an appointment for Monday to discuss the next steps before we hung up. I asked my toddler son to go play in a different room for a minute. My world just shifted into a dimension I didn't plan to be. How could he deliver such terrible news sounding so completely happy? Tears, unexpectedly, sprang to my eyes. I just mumbled to myself, "I have cancer." Looking back on this day, I am surprised I was so hard on myself. I couldn't stop crying no matter how much I tried. I'm the girl who is strong and can handle anything that comes my way. My first husband passed away when my daughter turned six months old. I had overcome many challenges. Cancer would just be another bump in the road, so why would I just cry? But I did
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