Thank you to members of the Breast Cancer Support Group for sharing these thoughts:
What helps you most as you live with cancer?
- “It was so helpful to have my family and friends involved through my treatments.”
- “Being able to get treatment close to home from a great team of doctors, nurses and technicians. Also having support of family and knowing they are praying for me.”
- “The caring and support I get from people helps me get by the most. Having my family, the Breast Care Navigator, and friends to talk to is priceless.”
- “Eating healthy, exercise, rest, focusing on the positive and having fun.”
- “I’m so thankful that I was diagnosed when the medical world could provide me with the options that have allowed me to be a 10-year survivor.”
What do you wish other people realized or knew?
- “Even as a survivor of cancer, a person doesn’t always feel free of cancer.”
- “Having cancer changes a person. It’s not just getting treatment and being done. It’s now part of your life and survival.
- “I have a new appreciation for health and happiness. Life is too short to be angry or bitter. Love life.”
- “We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.”
What does “healthy” mean to you?
- “Being healthy is much more than food and exercise. It means feeling good physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s about positive energy, and having balance in your life.”
- “It means to surround yourself with people who are healthy; being positive; and having a healthy mind. Getting out in nature and having faith. All of that together makes a healthy person.”
- “Healthy living means using all the options available – natural therapy, massage, yoga, exercise, diet . . . and positive attitude.”
- “Never underestimate the power of gratitude. When I feel a little down, I think how grateful I am for wonderful family and friends. This is part of being healthy, too.”
What advice do you have for the women in your life?
- “Pay attention to you changes with your body, and take time from your busy lives to get medical tests when needed.”
- “Take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Exercise, be positive, and maintain positive relationships. Also, be kind each and every day.”
- “Women in my life have seen that a diagnosis doesn’t mean that although your life changes, a positive attitude and caring family will help you have a full and wonderful life.”
- “Please, please, please get a mammogram done every year. It might be a life saver! I believe it saved mine.”
We honor the women who face breast cancer, and the families and friends that support them. It’s our privilege to care for you. https://www.northfieldhospital.org/breast-care