The Up side of breast cancer

Ok ladies, I am sure you are thinking there is no up side of breast cancer, it sucks!  Well you are right in many ways but I am trying to find the silver lining in what otherwise is a pretty traumatic event in a women’s life.  I was diagnosed in late 2007 and have dedicated myself since then to empowering women with breast cancer by helping them connect with the resources they need to live the fullest possible lives during treatment and beyond.

I was in the Gucci store in Boston the other day and there was another customer who caught my eye.  I would guess that she was in her fifties, tall and thin, well dressed, tanned and completely bald.  What I noticed most about her was that she had this radiating glow.  As we shopped simultaneoulsy I over heard her telling the sales girl that she didn’t mind being in her fifties and that she was really excited about getting her new “20 year old” breasts.  It was obvious that this woman was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  What struck me about her was her amazing attitude and how that attitude came through so loudly in everything about her.  I wanted to say something to her, like I have been there and you are such an inspiration to me.  I didn’t approach her because I didn’t want to be intrusive but I regret not saying anything.  So if by some freak chance you are reading this “Gucci lady”, you rock!!!!!!

Have a positive story or thought about breast cancer, I’d love to here it.


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