This month, breast cancer is highlighted but we ALL have a sorted journey & unspoken struggles.
The over-arching message I hope you receive in telling you my own personal reality, is so much more than me. I hope my honesty (as hard as it is to give) is a ripple effect for everyone to just give love & compassion to everyone!
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
In light of breast cancer awareness month, I’m going to let you all in on what I generally keep private. This month I felt okay about letting you see what the aftermath of cancer really is for families.
The dreamy “Oh, so you’re all okay now?” To which I might generally say “Yeah”; isn’t entirely honest. But only for the reason, that it’s not an easy question I can answer in passing.
My months are filled with therapies, treatments, meds, tests, scans, labs and preventative measures to keep me healthy.
These are other secondary diagnosis I carry post cancer treatment.
is a blood condition characterized by low levels of neutrophils, which are white blood cells that protect your body from infections. Without enough neutrophils, your body can’t fight off bacteria. Having neutropenia increases your risk of many types of infection.
is a rare, drug-induced blood disorder that is a severe reduction in the number of white blood cells.
Chemo greatly affected my bone marrow which is where white blood cells are made.
(White blood cells):
Anything below 5.0 is a risk. I generally sit around 2.1-2.2. So I’m chronically at risk. With that said I am rarely sick!!! Usually I FEEL BETTER than I should based on what is written here in black and white! Thank God! 😍 However, in my world if I get a fever it’s to the ER I go. No if’s ands or butts.
(Red blood cells): when these get too low I need a blood transfusion. I’ve only needed this once! (Yay! 🙌🏼)
——Platelets control bleeding.
——-Neutrophils are a type of WBC that protect us from infections and are the first cells to arrive on the scene when we experience a bacterial infection.
Last week I had an infusion. This is just a little hydration prior to my bone infusion. I get this every 6 months and it is done in the chemo room but it isn’t chemo. It’s to treat my Osteopenia. Chemo greatly affected my bones, so Osteopenia is one of the many secondary diagnosis I have been left with post active treatment. I’m Grateful for this infusion that keeps my bones protected & stronger.
The laughter in the photo is genuine mostly because Dawn & I like to spread sunshine in the chemo room. We had my nurse in belly laugh laughter the whole time. It was a great day full of fun & joy. I love days like today when I get to hop out of the ‘hustle and bustle’ of life and just get to be in a place where my heart is softened to more than what meets the eye.
I share my journey but really it’s about being aware of the behind the scenes of ALL people’s lives.
THE MESSAGE IS TO SPREAD LOVE AND KINDNESS 💓💓💓💓💓
💛have personal perspective of your blessings,
💛and have more than necessary compassion for those around you because you never know what unseen things they walk through in life.
💛Give people grace,
💛allow for differences,
‼️💛💛💛💛‼️teach your kids to be kind & inclusive to other kids that have families with more than average on their plate at home (that’s a BIG one for us! My kids see & go through a lot more than average at home & being a kid is not easy in schools these days & they need good/real friends…positivity at school),
💛send good vibes
💛give the benefit of the doubt,
…human kindness…we ALL need more of it.
My journey is the vehicle of the message…
NOT the actual message.
We all battle something; this just happens to be my “something”.
I’m good…I really truly am!
I’ve learned to navigate this, and I am UNIQUELY EQUIPPED for the good and the challenges in my life!
Just as YOU ARE equipped for yours, but we all need each other.
I hope you grasped the intent of my breast cancer awareness message is to elicit compassion & human kindness for ALL people because we never know what people are dealing with behind the scenes.
Written and contributed by: Maddy D.