The stories that follow are written by those who live with breast cancer. This page is dedicated to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, I’d love to include your story here. Please email me at lemondroppie(at)gmail(dot)com to participate!
by Christina Olachia
I never thought I would ever say I have a relationship with Breast Cancer, but the truth is I do.
Did I dream about walking down an aisle, pretty in a torn pink dress as a little girl, nope I sure didn’t. Did I ever daydream about looking the beast in the eyes and saying,”I do”…absolutely not BUT in a way that is exactly what I did!
I entered into a marriage of sorts with the pink monster the day I lost my breast to cancer. Unwilling, you bet, but for better or worse I am married to the beast. I came to the alter of cancer kicking and screaming, hands bound and breast removed but none the less I was sealed to this beast, this monster in February 2006….Read more
Christina Olachia blogs at The Uniboob Club: Breast Cancer Does Not Define Me as a Woman, But My Battle with Breast Cancer Does!
The other day Ginny asked me to write about what it’s like to be married to a breast cancer survivor. It’s strange, but I never really thought about it like that. I mean…I’m married to Ginny, and she is a breast cancer survivor, so, yeah…I guess I’m married to a breast cancer survivor.
But really, I’m married to Ginny. I don’t think our relationship is any different because she’s a breast cancer survivor. Sure, she worries about her cancer returning, but, then again, she would worry about getting breast cancer anyway. That’s just Ginny. And sure, she worries about our daughters one day having breast cancer. But, again, I’m not sure that she worries about our daughters because she herself is a breast cancer survivor. She would worry about that anyway. That’s just Ginny.
I seldom think about my wife’s history with cancer. Maybe it’s because I’m wearing blinders, or maybe it’s because there’s really nothing different about her that’s due to her cancer. Although it’s a part of who she is, I tend to focus on other things a whole lot more.
(Do you think Ed is trying to say that I worry too much?? ~ Ginny Marie)
You may also be interested in these two posts about how Ed and I got together:
Our next story comes from Diane. Diane blogs at Life as a Survivor.
You may read her full post here: Too busy to be Diagnosed
My diagnosis was a long time coming. Long before my diagnosis I knew I had a lump in my breast. I knew that lump was growing. What I didn’t know was how important it was to have a mammogram. I didn’t know that early detection saves lives. I didn’t know that a growing lump could mean a spreading cancer. I didn’t know that young women can and do get breast cancer. I didn’t know about breast cancer. I knew about heart disease. I was a care giver for sick and dying parents. I was a mom to two young daughters. I was a wife. I was an active church member. I was renovating a house. I was busy!! Being diagnosed with breast cancer was not in my plan. I didn’t have the time to have breast cancer. So – I did what all wise young women do – I ignored it! Yep – I ignored it…. Read More
I would love to include YOUR experiences with breast cancer. Were you or someone you know diagnosed with breast cancer? How has breast cancer affected your life?
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, I’d love to include your story here. Would you like to tell us how you found your cancer? How did you tell your children about your cancer? What is living with cancer like?
If your loved one was diagnosed with cancer, tell us how it has affected you. How did you find out your loved one had cancer? How did you support your loved one?
I’ll include a link to your blog (if you have one). If you have written a post about breast cancer that you would like to share, I’ll include a direct link to your post as well.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate!