Breast Cancer Awareness: Firsthand Survivor Story Part I

It’s breast cancer awareness month and what better way to spread awareness than to have those who have experienced it. Over the next few days, we will be paying tribute to survivors with guest posts by their family members.

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The following was written and submitted by writer and John Jay College of Criminal Justice student, Angela Wright.

Cancer. The word itself sounds deadly. When you hear that you have cancer, you may feel as though your life is over and you may even question why did it happen to you. Many people go through a process of depression and sulking when diagnosed with an illness such as cancer.
Yet I would like to tell you a story about two sisters that have both been diagnosed with breast cancer and chose different paths. One sister called M was told she had breast cancer and had a better chance of beating it if she allowed the doctors to remove the breast that the cancer cells had invaded. M had big full sized breasts and refused to remove any one of them because that’s who she felt she was and was known for. Unfortunately for M, she lost her battle to breast cancer and died.
A few months later, M’s sister Sis was also told that cancer cells had invaded the cells and tissue of one breast and it was recommended by doctors to have that breast removed. Unlike M, Sis told the doctors to do whatever they needed to do to save her life. She underwent chemo and had a mastectomy. She sported her shaved head and wore her mastectomy bra proudly. She may have looked different to others but she was a breast cancer survivor.
With that being said, there may be some situations and circumstances that many of you face that seem like it will wipe you out, like all hope is lost. You can give up and die in your situation or you can choose to live and fight. Fight to win. Fight not to just survive but fight to live. There is life after breast cancer, just ask Sis, our survivor.

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