Bonnie Annis is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma with metastasis to the lymph nodes. She is an avid photographer, freelance writer/blogger, wife, mother and grandmother.
Cancer causes people to experience a wide range of emotions, even long after completing treatment. Among the most common is survivor’s guilt. Learning to understand this phenomenon can allow survivors to exchange their guilt for gratitude.
After a cancer diagnosis, a person's identity may change. Often, one may choose to identify with familiar cancer terminology such as "patient," "survivor," or even "victim." These identities can form a lasting positive or negative impact on a person's life.
After a cancer diagnosis, it's common for a person to be presented with many choices regarding health care. As each choice is presented, the person with cancer must make decisions based on the information received. Not all choices are beneficial and should be weighed carefully. Each person has a right to do cancer the way he or she sees fit.
It’s easy for a person with breast cancer to feel overwhelmed by the many thoughts that enter the mind each day but there are techniques that can prove helpful. One survivor shares some of her own helpful tips.