Meet a breast cancer survivor who beat the disease and took back her life. See how she beat stage 4 cancer.
I was aware that I had cancer at the time, but I chose not to tell my dear friends and family. My friends made a great vacation to the northern areas. It was a secret I kept to myself; everyone was unaware of what was going on in my head.
I shared my story about how I landed myself in the ‘C’ word of Cancer while staying away from the ‘C’ word of Covid19 in our lives. The purpose of this story is to share how I learned about it and what I learned that you might find helpful if you or someone close to you needs to go through it. Recent times have seen it as the norm.
Yes, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s just as lethal as Covid-19, if not more so. When I felt a little lump on my right side on May 28, 2021, I immediately called my friend. (Within a year, she had recovered from stage four breast cancer).
“How should I proceed?” I inquired.
“Have a mammogram and an ultrasound.” She stated her case.
So, I went ahead and finished it. The radiologist recommended that I show this to a doctor who works in a local clinic. Although I have never met her, I think her diagnosis is 100 per cent accurate, she said. That’s what I did, and yep, it was cancer. It measured 2.2 cm in diameter. So that’s when my entire life came to a halt.
Cancer is that looming beast in our life that lurks behind each of us. No one knows when or where the attack will take place. Now that I’m cancer-free again, six months later, I’m ready to share my story with you. It’s something I’ve learned on my own.
Positivity is essential
Recognize that it is from God. You don’t have to wonder, “Why me?” anymore! Just remember that it comes from Him, so it has to make sense.
Maintain a sense of proportion; everything should be in its proper place. Only 2.2 cm of the nearly 22 feet of my body’s skin is under the skin. As little as 1% of my body is affected, so why should I have to live an entirely different life because of it? My doctor gave me the best advice: It’s called a ‘health shock’, he explained.
Prepare to do only 30% of the tasks you usually accomplish in your life. Give up 70% of your power. (It reminded me of Pareto’s 20/80 Rule.)
Choose the 30 per cent of activities that are most essential to you. Only devote 30% of your attention to your sickness and its procedures out of that 30 per cent. The remaining 70% should be used for beneficial activities.
Concentrate on obtaining the finest results.
For the time being, let go of everything else. Nothing is more vital than one’s physical well-being.
At that point, I had to make a lot of decisions. I found the CT scan to be quite frightening. I’m trying to be brave here. All of those tests are required to determine exactly what type it is because each outcome determines how it will be treated. Once you’ve chosen a hospital, it’s better to have all of your testing done there because they have their own system.
I know we think they’re just trying to line their pockets (which they are), but we have to follow their regulations. It is important to remember that there are five different phases of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, and acceptance. You’ll go over each of these in detail. Getting started with acceptance will make the rest easier. Consult a psychiatric or psychological professional:
Fear is a normal emotion. Luckily, online counselling is now available. Whether you have concerns or questions, let him or her assist you. I only worried about informing my loved ones. The only good thing is that it’s not my family members who have to suffer. I told him I was worried about the reaction of my loved ones. “How am I going to tell them?”
You should be selfish at this point in your life, according to my doctor. In the first place, look at yourself. It will also be comfortable for others.
The total number of chemotherapy treatments I’ve received is eight, and I’ve had two mastectomy surgeries. After 33 radiation treatments, I decided to undergo genetic testing and counselling. Lastly, I am at risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to a mutation in the bracket.
We decided to be proactive in my health and had both my ovaries removed due to the threat of skin, pancreatic, and stomach cancers. At the time, I was undergoing chemotherapy, so I decided to have single forehead children. When everything changed, I had a tough time readjusting and figuring out what I should do.
How I cope with cancer
To cope with terrible situations, I use humour. I felt compelled to share it with others as it always has been and probably always will be. My story is unlike any other. I believe that doing stand-up allows me to tell people that breast cancer does not only affect the elderly and that they need to take care of themselves. There isn’t just one face to breast cancer, so talk to your doctor about it.
Eventually, you will become accustomed to it. This is your new normal, so accept it as such. We don’t know what the future holds for us all, so continue to look forward to your life in the future.
In dealing with breast cancer, I was forced to change and mature into a different person I never thought possible. Recognizing that I’m no longer in control forced me to step out of my comfort zone and fight my concerns at every turn.
Life after cancer
I dug deep within myself every single day in order to find the strength and power I did not know I had. I pushed through every moment of doubt using every bit of positivity and courage I had to sustain myself.
With each step forward in my journey, I became increasingly aware that, despite having cancer, I did not deserve to suffer and I vowed to never do so. ATTITUDE MATTERS, and I am a survivor with strength of heart and mind.
In the wake of my cancer diagnosis, I learned that what I thought was impossible was actually possible. I will never accept anything less than the best, so nothing will ever be the same.
So, with my head held high and my heart full, I’ll continue on my journey, ready to go wherever it leads. Keep your head high, DEFEAT CANCER, and become a SURVIVOR, THE WORLD IS YOURS!
Rebecca Newton, UK.