Diagnosed November 2015

MaryAnn CavanaughMy mother had breast cancer. So actually my story began as a young child as I watched my mother gracefully take on her cancer not once, but twice. Her mastectomies were 10 years apart. As I grew up I watched her make the best of her situation, never complaining or feeling sorry for herself. I had no idea at that time, but she couldn't have set a better example for me and what was to be my own breast cancer journey.

My own diagnosis came in November 2015 after I found a lump in my breast. My faith kept me calm, and I knew that the Lord was with me from the very beginning of my journey. Because of my family history, I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. I didn't want to take the chance of going through this again. I'm certain that this was the right choice for me.

Another major factor that has kept me grounded through this journey is acceptance. A very wise friend told me that at this time in my life my breast cancer journey was my "job." I didn't understand that at first, but as time went on I knew she was right. Taking care of myself, exercising as much as possible and following the doctor's orders was now my top priority.

This was the best advice I was given, and is the best advice that I can pass on to others. Accept this journey and do the best "job" possible. I am still in that process and am thankful every day for this wise friend's outlook on this challenge in my life.