When I was told I needed a biopsy on a suspicious mass discovered in my left breast, I was completely lost. The shock of the news sent me spinning and I didn’t have a clue how to proceed. Each step on this untraveled road brought new twists, turns, bumps, and detours, which I gradually tackled, one by one. Finally reaching what I thought was the end of the long road, I realized I forgot to bring my emotions along, forcing me to return to the beginning, pick them up, and figure them out. I thought the physical journey was difficult.
After finishing eight grueling months of chemotherapy, I began writing my story. It was therapeutic, allowing me to sort out the inner turmoil I couldn’t shake. Emotional survival was just as important as the physical and I saw the wisdom in sharing with others what I discovered along this precarious path. Maybe, just maybe my words could ease the journey for someone else.
My story is also for the families of cancer patients. What does one do upon learning their loved one has a life-threatening disease? Walking with me as I navigate each obstacle can bring clarity, understanding, and definition to the important role the family has in facing the challenges ahead.
I invite physicians to accompany me on this journey. It will help them see patients in a different light. It is a reminder that the patient is a person with dreams and reasons to survive.
The Cancer Effect was written to help us all survive– survive the disarming effects of cancer, and help each other move forward after hearing the words no one wants to hear. To quote my editor, “Wow. I feel like I just passed through the most incredible journey. You have brought the reader right into your world.” I hope The Cancer Effect does the same for you.
The Cancer Effect is available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/zvbj8sk