Cancer isn’t the only difficulty that exists in the world, and it certainly isn’t the only one I’ve ever faced. I want you to know your struggle is REAL and valid, even if it has no name, and you feel like you are struggling alone. I kind of looked like an alien after they removed the cancer. But isn’t the human body amazing and powerful? This is what I hope to share with my story. That you are resilient and strong, and you will get through anything.
The power of awakening
Before all this happened, I was afraid to show my body. Waking up after cancer took part of it I am thankful just to HAVE a body. It is so beautiful and amazing. Never be ashamed of this gift you’ve been given. When I found out how extensive the cancer was, it felt like my life was over. But something changed in me the day I woke up from surgery. Waking up ALIVE felt like a second chance at life to do what I came here to do. Go for my dreams, have new experiences, and live boldly without holding back. Because I was alive, and that means my time is now.
The power of decision making
As a woman, it was a lot to process when I found out I was losing my chest to cancer. Besides the shock of having to undergo major surgery, I was overwhelmed by the amount of decision-making ahead. The first thing I had to decide was whether or not I wanted to reconstruct the shape of the breasts after they removed the cancer. It was a decision I did not take lightly because I knew it would impact how I felt as a woman, but I also hated the idea of multiple surgeries, complications, and risks, in order to look more “normal” again.