Grit and determination. A worthy mantra indeed.
One of the (many) challenges of breast cancer treatment is the extraordinary change that happens to our bodies. Not just the obvious changes – missing breasts, scars, hair-loss if chemotherapy is part of the treatment regime – but the unexpected changes too. Weight changes, skin changes, fluctuating energy levels, tinnitus, dry nails, altered metabolism, neuropathy. The list goes on. The physical transformations are accompanied by psychological changes too; stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD. Even the most relaxed people can find it difficult to stay permanently upbeat when the whole world seems to be caving in around them.
In spite of the sea of pink, in spite of all the hoopla about survival rates* and in spite of the endless fighting-talk about cancer warriors, battles and survivorship there is no gloss or glamour about breast cancer. This isn’t a Disney blockbuster complete with pink princesses, an assortment of vertically challenged helpers and…
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