Tracy Bald's survival story
I was one of the lucky ones I believe, in that I was fortunate enough not to be struck down with any really bad side effects while going through my treatment. I became tired towards the end of my chemotherapy as it overlapped with my radio therapy. For me personally the loss of my hair was the worst side effect of my treatment.
My two young children (James 3, Luke 5 months) and my very loving husband kept me fighting....right from the start. I was determined to see my children grow up and I felt that I had years of giving my husband grief. I also tried to focus in on all the people that survived from breast cancer as opposed to those who unfortunately lose their battle.
I feel proud to call myself a Breast Cancer Survivor. I believe having had Breast Cancer has made me the person I am today. It has made me a much stronger person and given me the courage to face anything that may be thrown my way. As each year passes (8 years in Oct 2012) I feel totally grateful for the life that I have and look forward to growing old with my husband and watching my boys grow and blossom into young men.
It would be great for me to think that no one should have to follow in my footsteps and tread their own breast cancer journey, but the reality of life is that at this point in time there has been no cure or prevention for breast cancer yet, so... for those people that may be travelling down this same road as what I have I would like to share with you my words of wisdom (if you would like to say it that way) Embrace this disease and be determined to fight all the way. Dig deep into your soul and pull out all your strength, courage and positive thinking. Allow the people around you to be part of your journey (as there will be times that you will need to ask them for help), focus on the positive aspect of every step of your journey (don’t let the negative stand out). STAY STRONG but allow yourself to grieve (it’s ok to have bad days and feel sorry for yourself). Everybody’s journey is different but I hope that my story may give a little light at the end of the tunnel......... xo
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