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BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SHARES HER EMOTIONAL JOURNEY

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Shauna - Breast Cancer Survivor
“It’s ok to not be ok all the time.”

Shauna was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer, on December 9th, 2015. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is an adventure seeker and loves the outdoors.

The Diagnosis

“December 9th, 2015. I found a lump in my breast when I was in the shower. After an ultrasound and biopsy, it was confirmed to be cancer.”

The Journey

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“I was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer, and a week later my mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer (she had surgery and was given the all clear!). I had surgery three weeks later, a partial mastectomy and sentinel node dissection. That was later followed by chemo, radiation and hormone therapy.

I thought I would be happy and back to the old me right away but I fell into a deep depression. I was struggling with side effects, fatigue and body issues. I started reaching out to young adult support groups to find others who had been through what I had been through.

It’s been two years since my diagnosis and I’m still struggling with fatigue, pain and body issues. I have learned how to manage some of the effects and have gradually returned to work.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My parents, my sister and my friends. Also, I felt like my life had only started, I wasn’t willing to give it up yet.”

Biggest hindrance

“Nobody told me how hard it was going to be after cancer.”

Message to other cancer patients

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“You’ve got this, and you’re not alone. Be kind and gentle with yourself.”

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