Throughout diagnosis, surgery, treatment and healing, there are so many things we feel like we can’t or shouldn’t talk about. Too often, we are left feeling shy, scared or too guilty to open up about what we are feeling or experiencing. We are here to break the silence.
In honor of our monthly focus on recovery, we started the conversation on Instagram and encouraged our community to share something they’ve been afraid, uncomfortable or guilty to say out loud. Many of you strongly and bravely shared with us, and we’ve rounded them up so you can get inspired and learn from others just like you who are going through it too. By sharing what we’re feeling, we can help us all feel just a bit better by knowing we’re not alone.
"That I feel like I lost my 20 something's. I haven't explored, I didn't climb the ladder or have a steady career. I didn't make choices just for me. The reason I felt I couldn't say these things ... I didn't have cancer. But I lived it taking care of my Mom, making sacrifices due to it and then as soon as I felt like I could take off, BRCA. And now we're back to things I don't always feel I can say. Because I should feel 'lucky.'"
For me, every morning, I wake up, and dying is the first thing I think about. It is dark and scary. I share this with you as well, even though it’s hard for me, to remind you that you are not alone in what you are feeling or facing. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, about to have or recovering from a mastectomy, reconstruction or other breast surgeries, radiation, and more, we are here for you every step of the way.
If you have something you’ve been holding onto, share it with us if you’d like. Send an email, write a comment or join the conversation with us on Instagram or Facebook. We’re always here for you, to listen, to learn, to lift you up, and help you remember that you are NEVER ALONE.
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With the start of another new month, comes a new theme: RECOVERY. Recovery is crucial for our bodies, minds and overall health. It’s the time to give your body a break so that you can heal faster. However, as many of us know, recovery isn't just for after surgery. It's a constant. Once you've been through it, you are always trying to heal, rest, find a new version of yourself, and try styles and solutions that help you along the way. Here’s some helpful recovery tips and suggestions to keep in mind for your recovery.
Guest Post: Gina LaPapa
When he drifted off to sleep, his lips pursed and we snuggled for a moment on that cold November afternoon. Upon standing, I felt a twinge of pain in my right nipple. I noted he didn’t nurse on that side so it couldn’t have been anything he might have done while nursing. Besides, the only pain I had ever experienced breastfeeding was at the newborn stage when the baby was learning to latch.
After I set him in his crib, I slipped in to my bathroom to examine my nipple. A slight crack with a tiny bit of blood appeared out of nowhere.