Why is long-term cancer survivorship so difficult? And how come nobody wants to talk about it? Maybe because it feels like living on an island somewhere between where the oceans of fear and gratefulness collide.
We change after we hear the diagnosis of cancer. Our friendships will too. Allow that process to happen or at least acknowledge it. Some of it will be painful. But it can also open up doors to new relationships we didn’t know could happen.
I will never be a mother to my own biological children. That decision was made for me. For anyone else coping with breast cancer fertility loss, I will say there is hope out there. You have to keep pushing forward.
To the outside world, I pretended having cancer was the easiest thing to face while inside I was in a mental war. I didn’t realize cancer was something so unbelievably traumatic.
To the outside world, I played the part of a healthy, normal single woman in her thirties. But cancer takes that confidence you should have in yourself that you are worthy enough to find a significant other.
Breast cancer treatment leaves behind scars that don’t always show up to the human eye. But your body is a friend who you can learn to trust and love again.