This blog is about a lot of things–-cancer, life after cancer, family, depression, and at some point, fashion. You might be wondering how fashion fits into the picture. Well, I’m passionate about fashion — and I’m a cancer survivor. So, that’s it. Sometimes my posts might be about how to look fabulous after 50, (almost 55-yikes!) and sometimes they might be about how to conceal those unsightly surgical drains when you have to get dressed up! But mostly, it’s about life with, and, after cancer.
I am sharing with you my breast cancer journey in hopes that it will help you or someone else, or someone close to you who is being/has been touched by cancer. This blog goes a step further to talk about a serious subject that is too often overlooked — post-treatment and what it means for the rest of your life. What’s the process for getting back to your old self? (Spoiler alert: You’ll never be your old self again.) So then, how do you learn to accept your new self? I’m not sure I have the answer, but as God is my witness I’m going to figure it out, maybe with your help, and I’m going to share what I learn with all of you because it’s much needed.
Guys, you can get breast cancer too. But that’s not why you’re included in this blog. You’re included because it’s important to understand that breast cancer is never over. And just maybe you’ll find something in here that will help you relate to or better understand what your significant other (or mother, sister, daughter, friend) is going through. Who knows, maybe I’ll get my husband to post? Nah, well, maybe.
Lastly, if you want to know what led me to start this blog, please read an article I came across in Refinery 29, an online magazine, that is titled “The Secret Suckiness of Life After Breast Cancer,” by Judith Basya. For the first time, I read something that affirmed my feelings; that told me I wasn’t ungrateful or crazy (er), as my husband would say. (Every time I say something makes me crazy, he adds the “er”.) I sent the article to my husband and a few other friends. It said everything I wanted to say but couldn’t.
So I decided to start a blog, this blog, to talk about life after breast cancer. A blog that helps to empower us rather than make us feel worse. One that validates our feelings. I know there are many of us out there who feel this way and worry that something is seriously wrong. Let me assure you — what you’re going through is completely normal and there is light at the end of the tunnel. You just don’t know it yet because most people don’t talk about it. Well, I will.
P.S. Left photo credit Heather Philbin Photography www.philbinphoto.com
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“Let Your Purpose be Greater Than Your Fear”–Charlene Wheeless, 2018
*Watch my first blog post (which is a video) and it will all start to make sense.