Surviving Breast Cancer: Survival Story #3

19 Aug Surviving Breast Cancer: Survival Story #3

As cancer patients are often told, “There’s no right way to do cancer.” But increasing numbers of patients and survivors have something in common besides the Big C. For them, a big part of “doing cancer” is blogging about their experiences. It often starts as a means of keeping family and friends informed, but becomes a way to assist and inspire others facing similar health challenges.  This year, our Surviving Breast Cancer issue includes 4 stories from 4 different people who started blogs to cope with their own struggle with cancer. Their stories were so powerful and inspiring that we wanted to share them with all of you.

The third story is by Katie Campbell from Frederick, Maryland.

Blog: Katie Crushes Cancer

I started blogging I think, literally, the day after I was diagnosed. I thought it was a good communication tool, a good way to keep people updated. It was also cathartic. It was this open space where I could say whatever I wanted. It’s also been a space where I can talk to others going through something similar, along with offline and Facebook support groups. I’ve told them news before I’ve told my family because with family and friends, you feel you have to protect them in some way. As much as blogging has helped, I’ve only recently come to terms with living in this sea of uncertainty. For a while it was horrifying – like living in a nightmare. I was young, married and expecting to have my whole life ahead of me, and instead I was told the cancer had spread and I had a year to live. Now, the cancer is in remission, I’ve had a number of good scans, so I’ve been able to plan for the future instead of saying my goodbyes. I’ve been rock climbing, diving with sharks, whitewater kayaking, I climbed a 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado, all to prove to myself that my body still works, that even though part of me is broken in a way, I’m still a whole person. As I shared on my blog, I had the realization that if I’m going to live, I have to keep on living, and if I’m going to die, that’s all the more reason to get out there and start living. My advice to others is that your cancer journey is yours alone and you have to find your own way. For me, it helps to be open and put it all out there, but some people turn inward and want to be private.

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