I was very calm and numb in the beginning [after my diagnosis], but after a week or so, I completely “freaked out.” I was overwhelmed with emotions, questions, concerns, and yes, sometimes fear. Having had a sister who died because of breast cancer, I was grateful that I sought answers early enough to save my life, but still had that nagging question in the back of my mind: “Will I actually make it through this?”
Because I was laid off from my job just short of a year before being diagnosed with aggressive stage-II cancer, I had nowhere else to go, since my treatments were overwhelming and left me with no energy to work. Things got pretty bad.
I was referred to CancerCare through one of my social workers at City of Hope Cancer Treatment Center, where I underwent surgery for a mastectomy and currently receive radiation treatments and hormone therapy. CancerCare came through for me, helping me to attend my daily radiation treatments that extended for seven weeks. I just want the people of CancerCare to know that I will never forget what they did for me, and that what they present to cancer patients and caregivers is the most wonderful gift you can give to anyone.« Back to stories