We invited women nationwide whose lives were changed by breast cancer…

To share with us what they wish someone had told them when they were newly diagnosed. 18 fearless breast cancer survivors, thrivers and warriors responded, and spoke with courage and honesty about the emotional, physical, and mental challenges and lessons that were learned while battling the disease.

ON LEARNING TO FIGHT

Diagnoses of ductal carcinoma, triple negative breast cancer, Stage IV invasive ductal carcinoma, and DCIS 3 tumors moved these women to tap into an inner strength they didn’t know they had.

 Take your time to grieve and then get up and beat it! You're tougher than you ever dreamed.
What the patient believes about their ability to heal from cancer supersedes what others may believe about their chances of recovery.
It's not a death sentence. You are your best strength. Listen to your doctors & trust your gut.

ON SEEKING TREATMENT

Over the course of treating breast cancer, women (and in rare cases, men) have a multitude of critical health decisions to make—from surgery and chemo to fertility preservation and breast reconstruction. Whether dealing with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma or BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, a high level of medical involvement is required.

I will pass on the same information that my first doctor said to me as she was spot on, "The next 2 years you will be spending 90% of your time in hospitals!".
Educate yourself about your diagnosis. Ask every question, read every pamphlet, google every treatment. Doctors are not God. Know all you can to make an educated decision about what treatment or surgery is right for you.
I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. Before you get tested do your research on what it means to be BRCA1 and BRCA 2 positive. Be prepared for the results Know all you can to make an educated decision about what treatment or surgery is right for you.

ON MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS

Worry. Anxiety. Guilt. These are feelings that newly diagnosed women face along with their loved ones. The impact of breast cancer on relationships can be life-changing—for better or for worse.

For family and friends — don’t ask how they are doing just be there and help in anyway they need.
I wish I didn’t expect people to be present or to understand. Or to even feel like going through the changes. The person who is diagnosed has to understand that THEY are the one with the diagnosis. Not the people around them. It’s hard to swallow - but it would’ve saved me from being disappointed.

ON HOPE & FAITH

Once cancer is detected, most women begin operating in crisis mode. A breast cancer diagnosis can spark feelings of uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability. For these women, their emotional and mental strength was tested, and yet they found hope.

It's normal to feel scared and worried. Feel what needs to be felt, but know that there is hope and it's not a death sentence. Given the right care, understanding and support, you will pull through. Take it one day at a time and be appreciative of every good thing happening to you.
It changes your world and is scary but sometimes it's a blessing in disguise
I found humor coupled with prayer and a sound support system to be the best medicine.

FOR THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

The emotional and mental scars of breast cancer can linger long after going through treatment. For many women who’ve battled against breast cancer talking to others who understand all that it really takes to recover is essential.

Download RevivAll today and talk to other patients who understand what it’s like being a breast cancer survivor, thriver or warrior. And gain access to a virtual community of clinical and wellness experts who can provide informed opinions on your unanswered questions.

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