“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”
― Asha Tyson
Breast cancer patients and survivors, describing how it feels at being diagnosed with breast cancer, use words like: devastating, horrific, numb, hopeless, helpless, out of control, terrifying, impossible, brutally unfair. What is vitally important to remember is that each person’s heart experiences their own unique emotions — and this uniqueness needs to be respected and honoured, by the patient and survivor themselves, as well as those around them who find themselves affected by the diagnosis and the disease’s ramifications. Our patients – as South African citizens – also need to be respected and actively provided for by an effective breast health policy by our government which, essentially, should be acting as guardians of our nation’s health.
Many BC survivors speak about their cancer as having been a blessing – or even a gift. They also use the metaphor of a ‘journey’ to help them understand and proactively cope…
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