Erinn Diagnosed at age 30
I was completely shocked when I was told the lump I found in my left breast was cancer. I had no family history and had always been healthy. I exercised and ate well- I didn't know how this could be happening.
Fortunately, I was surrounded with an amazing support system, without whom I don't know how I would have made it through. After 16 chemo treatments, I spent three weeks trying to regain some strength and then went in for a double mastectomy. It was scary and overwhelming but with guidance from some amazing women I met at a Cancer Support Community, I felt as prepared as I could and I was ready to get the cancer out!
Now, 4 months post chemo, I am impatiently waiting my hair to grow longer and working through life with my new normal. If I could share any words of advice to other women starting out this journey it is just to know it does get better. Let the ones who love you lift you up in whatever way you need and take care of yourself.
I am not glad that this happened to me, but I am grateful for the deeper appreciation for all the good in my life that it has brought about. Cancer sucks but it sure feels good to know I fought the fight and won!!
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