Yes, Breast Cancer chose me, but I chose how I wanted to deal with it.
I thought I was doing all the right things. I applied sunscreen every day, I didn’t smoke, I did Pilates, I ate an apple a day, I laughed a lot and I was in a very happy and healthy place in my life. I had recently started shifting to an overall healthier lifestyle – incorporating superfoods and healthier alternatives in my diet, walking every morning and even shifting my cosmetics to natural products. So what happened?
Apparently, I was the unlucky 1 in 8 Breast Cancer statistic.
April 12, 2018 – 10:15 am, I read the words that would turn my life upside down: Invasive Ductal Adenocarcinoma. For a moment, I wished I didn’t know what that meant. For a moment I believed that if I don’t say them out loud, it would all go away. No words can describe what I felt that moment, and I will probably never find words, but I know now that what matters isn’t that moment, but what came afterwards.
It took exactly two weeks from the day of my diagnosis to begin my Chemotherapy treatment. These two weeks involved a whirlwind of emotions, denial, tears, critical decisions, and tedious doctors’ appointments and screenings.
These two weeks also included preparations for my engagement party, a total hair makeover, laughter, and so much love.
October 12, 2018 – 11:30 am, I was officially confirmed Cancer free; it took me 6 months to the day.
These six months involved 16 five-to-six-hour Chemotherapy sessions, more than 50 needle insertions, more than 50 trips to the hospital, 2 surgeries, 1 trip to the ER, fatigue, hair loss and many other experiences that are now a blur to me.
These six months were also full of laughter, befriending other patients and nurses, easier showers and less time getting ready; thanks to not having any hair, sharing my story and raising awareness on Breast Cancer on my Instagram platform MatchaAndMascara. I used my platform to try and help other cancer patients and fighters through educational posts and real-life experiences which I was living daily. I also got the opportunity to meet and collaborate with wonderful people and organizations on awareness campaigns involving the Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation.
Yes, Breast Cancer chose me but I chose how I wanted to deal with it.
At the time, I was 28 years old and I still had my whole life ahead of me. I chose to use it to push myself forward, appreciate every good and bad day, adjust my perspective on life, love harder, laugh more often, live fuller and use my experience to raise awareness on early detection, health, and wellbeing. In doing so, I found purpose, hope, and strength.
Patience, love, trust, hope, discipline, knowledge and a smile will get you through the best and worst days; they will help you grow in ways you never knew and find a strength you never knew you had.
April 12, 2018 – Little did I know that I was actually lucky to be the unlucky statistic.
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