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Fighting Breast Cancer

What main challenge are you facing that you would like to share with our readers?

I am fighting breast cancer.

What has been the biggest challenge in dealing with your trial?

Being so sick all of the time has drained me. I feel like I am on a roller coaster that is never going to end. I am scared to die and leave my kids without a mom, but I would love to stop hurting so much.  I dread every new test and the results. I HATE chemo! Uncertainty about my future is the worst. Well…losing my hair and breasts. What a way to knock a girl on her butt.

How do you “Rise Above Life” to make it through these challenges?

I don’t know if I am a good example, but I am trying. I had a good friend tell me that you can’t feel sorry for yourself or you will only feel like a pathetic loser. She made me get off my butt and start doing something everyday for someone else. Some days, I can barely make a phone call and other days I feel up to doing more. It has really helped me stop the pity party and be happier. My kids make me happy. They are the reason I am fighting so hard.

What tips and advice can you give to other blog readers who may be facing similar trials?

Do something for someone else everyday. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Yes…it is hard, but you are strong enough to fight.

How has this trial made you stronger?

I’ve always been a pessimistic person and I  have had to practice being an optimist. I have had to do things that I never thought I could and I have made it through. I don’t know how everything will turn out, but I know that it will be OK. God has been by my side through this whole thing and I have never been closer to him. If I go home, then he will be there. If he blesses me with more time on Earth with my family, I will be thankful. I have put it all in His hands now.

 

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  • February 6, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Melanie - Thank you so much for sharing. I will pray for you.ReplyCancel

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