I’m a 45 year old hair dresser and learned of my diagnosis in March of 2017 when a client confided in me and said she had breast cancer.
Shortly after hearing this I scheduled an appointment with my doctor to have a mammogram. Results showed I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which was estrogen positive (breast cancer) and it was recommended that I have a double mastectomy & chemo therapy.
My Crown Experience
Going through chemo therapy didn’t just make me bald, it’s was brutal assault on my entire being…..mind, body and spirit. Everything was stripped away. I’m not sure how, but the COC artists were able to scoop me out of the depths of that and recreate something beautiful that had been lost inside of me. They gave me joy. They gave me hope. Most of all, they took the time, allowing me a break from the chaos and pain of cancer. Through love, they were able to switch my focus to the beauty and kindness in this world. It was a true turning point in my journey of hope and healing.
My advice for others going through cancer is to have a great support system and choose to be thankful in each moment and each day focus on the positive.
Where I am today?
I finished 14 weeks of chemo therapy recently and now I will have my 2nd reconstruction surgery in October. Not one of us knows how many days we have left in this life. I am very grateful that my prognosis is good and I pray that God will use me as a vessel for His love, today.
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This journey has changed me. It has reminded me of what is really important. It has reminded me to trust in the Lord. It has made me simplify my life and slow down and enjoy every moment. It has made me see how many people love me. It has made me bolder, stronger, tougher.
October 21st of every year will never be the same for as long as I live. It is the day I began my battle with cancer, and it is a day I will never forget.
After two mammograms, a couple of needle biopsies, and other tests, the surgeon said to me, “Someday I will have good news for you, but not today.” This started my journey with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.