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Do women really like to talk publicly about having breast cancer?

Leslie Cassis Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    Leslie, I run an email information group for the horse community in my area.... horses=mostly women. Number One... if I didn't say something the gossip/rumor mill would have me dying in two weeks so I decided to --include-- everyone in my treatment. My goal was to show other women breast cancer was not a death sentence. I wanted other women to see having regular mammograms and doing self checks can find breast cancer in earlier curable treatable stages. I wanted them to see the treatment could be quite doable and during chemo you aren't living your life on the bathroom floor sick as a dog. I didn't want people to be afraid of me with my bald head.... I was not a leper, I was the same person! I am a very outgoing woman who doesn't shrink from a challenge.... that's just me. Many women came out of the cancer closet and confided in me because they didn't want to share their cancer with others except family.... THAT'S GREAT! We are all individuals, I would be the last person to say we all have to blab it around. I truly feel part of the reason why I got picked for breast cancer is because I am a blabbermouth. I WANT to show other women don't be so terrified of a disease that it scares you to death! GO GET CHECKED! If it is found, get it treated and go on with your life. While I had this disease, I might as well use it to possibly help women by example. I had some rough days but they were few and far between. We handle the disease and treatment the best way we can. My way was to not hide myself and to help encourage other women to check themselves and have their annual mamm's. Take care, Sharon
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  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    I find it good Theraphy and it helps others out at the same time!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2012
    I told everyone because I didn't want to feel alone on my journey. My church gave me a benefit that was a huge success due to my hubby losing his job three weeks after my dx. I am so glad I had such great support during it all. I am now cancer free!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • anonimamente Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2012
    I agree with Rosanna, I am encouraged by hearing others tell their stories and I learn by them as well. It feels good to encourage others and helps us all to be stronger through this. It's a tough road to travel and it better to know your not alone. If you feel uncomfortable asking questions on this site you can make yourself anonymous too.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • maria aiello Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I'm proud to be a survivor at 22 years old! I know when I found out all I wanted was to hear from someone who went through it even better if they were my age! It was hard so yes I would tell anyone what I went through because I know I could've used some personal experiences to help me get through this!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Jennifer Jones Profile
    anonimamente
    Paciente
    When I talk to people about it they always say "
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Jennifer Jones Profile
    anonimamente
    Paciente
    Oops---"I'll keep you in my prayers"---BRING ON THE PRAYERS
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Rosanna Wieder Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2B Paciente
    Think it depends on the woman. I find as time goes by i open up a little more. It's only been a month since this all started (feels like a lifetime.) it gets easier to talk about and it has really helped me to listen to people who have gone through this.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • nicola thomas Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2A Paciente
    Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. It all depends on what is happening.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • susan nolan Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Do you like to discuss it? Different strokes for different folks. I was diagnosed 12 years ago and it's easier to talk about it now, as in "thank God for waking me up this morning." Every morning is a gift to me now ;)
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    Leslie, I have never been one to hide the truth. I did tell friends and neighbors that I had breast cancer last year. I was very quick to add that I was going to be fine. I had first post treatment mammogram this summer and I am cancer free! I did tell the pastor and a select few friends at church. I did not want to be on the "prayer list" at church. I am a more private person than that all of the time. My pastor said he would remember me in his personal prayers.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2009
    I wish I would have known about this sight when I went through my first journey. It is so helpful to talk or listen to someone whom has been o is going through it. Each person on here or out there has something they can contribute to the next person so unfortunate to have Togo through this.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • leslie adkins Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I told close friends, and let them know I didn't want pity parties. Now, we tell crude jokes, etc. I live in a small town, so I bought a wig to hide. And talk publicly here. Here, folks understand. Others only think about how most folks are sick all the time, etc. and it's just not that way.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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