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.
Remember, knowledge is power. The more information you have about your cancer, the less power it has over you.
A cancer diagnosis can cause a person to feel a wide range of emotions like fear, anger, shock, dread, grief, or loss. Often those emotions come suddenly like a crazy whirlwind and other times, they sneak up quietly, one by one. No matter how they come, all of them are normal.
I remember sitting in the doctor’s office after my diagnosis hearing her speak but being unable to process her words. They came in cartoonish fashion and sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher, from Charles Shultz classic comic series, “Peanuts.” All I could hear was, “Waa wa wa waa, wa waaa wa waa.” Nothing made sense.
The words, “You have breast cancer,” can feel like being handed an instant death sentence, but though it feels that way, it isn’t necessarily a fact. Breast cancer is a highly treatable disease.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, I learned a lot. And, I’d like to share some of the most practical information in hopes of helping others.
The best piece of advice I can offer is to cling to hope. That’s what’s helped me the most along with choosing to live one day at a time.
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca