Dana Stewart was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 32. She is the co-founder of a cancer survivorship organization called The Dragonfly Angel Society. She volunteers as an advocate and mentor, focusing on young adults surviving cancer. She enjoys writing about life as a cancer survivor, as well as connecting survivors to the resources, inspirations and stories that have helped her continue to live her best life, available at www.dragonflyangelsociety.com.
Everyone will go through a tough time or a trauma in their life. You need a go-to list of items you can latch onto to help you through it.
Not everyone will get cancer and not everyone will know someone diagnosed with cancer. However, almost everyone will go through some sort of rough time or trauma in their lives. When that happens, we all need something to latch onto; something to get us through it.
My toughest time was my diagnosis with breast cancer at 32 years old. I had never prepared myself for something horrible to happen to me and I walked the earth as if I wore an invisible cloak. I figured nothing could touch me. I was even super confident when I found a lump in my breast. I was so sure it was a cyst or any other thing that could be easily explained. It was explained with three words: “You have cancer.”
After I slowly started recovering from the shock of a cancer diagnosis, I realized I needed things—lots of things—to get me through. I have a "latch-onto-it" list I have created over the years after my cancer diagnosis. These are the things I latched on to for dear life. These are the things I needed in order to get through cancer. Some were substantial in size and some were so small and petty, but in my eyes, they were everything.
Everyone will have their own list of the things to get them through the tough times. If you are unsure about where to start, chances are you already are using resources that you don't even realize. You just need to take a look around you. They don’t have to be big, huge things, just the little things that give you comfort. Keep those things close. Enjoy them and use them whenever you need some extra comfort.