"We women are so strong; let this be your chance to prove to the world and yourself"

Stephanie

“Happy 50th birthday to me! I received my cancer diagnosis one week before that greatly anticipated date. Not exactly the present I had expected. ‘Scared’ is not the word. ‘Terrified’ was more like it. Cancer is so prevalent in our society, and you hear it every day. But when they tell you YOU have cancer, it’s another thing.

“After the initial shock wore off, I began to prepare for the inevitable loss of my hair. Imagine my shock when I was told that my cancer was entirely curable, but only by mastectomy. I had already suffered a series of personal hardships, but this news was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’ Accepting this diagnosis was one of the most difficult experiences of my life.

“Now the good news … breast reconstruction. The light at the end of the tunnel was NOT a train coming to run me over, it was the rest of my life with a new and improved body and a restored outlook. Now that’s a birthday present any 50-year-old can appreciate!”

Stephanie