Fight cancer with Exercise

Fight cancer with Exercise

Just because we have cancer that doesn’t mean we are weak, that our bodies are falling apart.

Your story is not over!!

 It is more important than ever to exercise and eat right. We are about to fight a battle and we must be physically and mentally ready. Physical exercise will improve how you feel significantly.  This will allow you the strength mentally and physically to fight! Believe it or not but it will help you stay positive and motivated.

Staying positive

It is so important that you stay positive throughout this journey, this will help you fight and survive this!  Life should not stop because you have cancer, personally I decided I was going to be stronger than my circumstances. Staying active and planning different outings is truly important. It helps you focus on the life you want to fight for and offer you a break from the battle you are about to fight.

Find someone to exercise with

Finding a friend to motivate you and keep you accountable is super important, because there will be days ahead that you may not want to get up and stay active. It is harder for us, because atter surgeries it will be harder to get motivated again. After chemo, it will be harder to have the energy.

Pray for strength and energy

I am not going to tell you staying active during this process is easy, I wouldn’t be being honest with you. The fatigue we feel is something we have never experienced before. Allow yourself to rest, this rest with give you the energy. Pray for energy, what I love so much about prayer and God answering prayers, is when I felt there was no way

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Please don’t try to face this alone

Cancer is all we are thinking about now, isn’t it? When we wake up, when we sit down for a break, when we are watching our kids play. For the first time in my life, I felt completely and utterly helpless.

Losing Control of our lives

We often don’t think about what it would feel like to lose control of our own lives. At this moment, we feel our control is now completely gone.

We don’t have a choice, do we? To have cancer or not to have cancer! To have surgery, or not to have surgery. To go through chemo, or not to go through chemo. This is not fair!! Why me, why now! So many questions, so few answers. Even if there were answers, it wouldn’t change the sinking feeling we are experiencing.

Finding LIGHT in the darkness

I am here to tell you, there is hope, I am glad that I had family and friends to support me through this because my brain completely shut down. I was frozen and unable to think or process much of anything. It is time to lean on those who want to help.

Lean on others

Lean on your family, close friends, join a group online, and if you don’t have a church family, I would sincerely say you may want to consider finding one. My church family loved and supported me through this very difficult time. Even individuals I never met made my family meals. Kind and loving people would never want you to go through this alone. Allow them into your life.

The people you allow into your cancer journey want you to lean on them, they want you to ask for help, cooking your dinner, buying you dinner, watching your kids, cleaning your house, driving you to appointments, praying for you, doing your grocery shopping. I promise you; people want to help you. You don’t have to do this alone.

Lean on God

You may not believe in God, but you are welcome to read on, if not, that’s okay too.

God brought so many loving and compassionate souls into my life, to support me through this journey. My prayers were answered when I felt like it was an impossibility. Remember when I said I couldn’t breathe? God gave me peace in my situation, and I was able to breath again. Something I didn’t think was possible so soon after finding out I had cancer. So many times, when I prayed, and when I thought it was pointless or my prayers were too great to be answered, God answered these prayers. No, he didn’t answer all prayers that I prayed, but that didn’t mean that he didn’t love or care about me, it just meant he knew I was strong enough, he made me strong enough. Don’t lose hope, there is light in the darkness, I found it and we can find yours together in this journey.

Galatians 6:2, NIV: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

The POSSIBILITY of Cancer, by having BRCA1 Mutation

First and foremost, I want to express to you how sorry I am that you are
faced with such a scary diagnosis.

I am here to tell you; you are not alone and we
will get through this together. The key to fighting a powerful fight is having
those you love to support you and staying as positive as possible.

My first experience with cancer
was the POSSIBLITY
of getting cancer. I didn’t have cancer yet, however my cousin called me (on my
dad’s side) and informed me she got tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation. She proceeded to tell
me that she had the mutation and she was going to consider preventative measures
to try to prevent cancer.

Preventative Measures

This would include a double Mastectomy and hysterectomy’.

How I reacted

Let me tell you, I went into complete denial!! There is no way I could get
cancer!

I decided to talk to a genetic specialist. She told me exactly what I didn’t
want to hear. I was 30 years old, I had recently gotten married, and our kids
were very young. On a side note, I had also just gone through getting breast implants,
and for the first time in my life I felt comfortable in my own skin. She told
me I would have to go through with the mastectomy and hysterectomy as my cousin
had previously told me. I was really hoping the news I would get would be
different. I was hoping I could take a pill to prevent cancer. Anything but a mastectomy
at least!!

I decided to ignore the information that was given to me, sweep it under the
rug, act like it never happened.

1 month goes by…

I was massaging my breasts (to soften them up after the implant procedure)
and I felt a tiny lump, I immediately thought it had something to do with the
implants. I called the Provider’s office and they said it wouldn’t be due to
the implants. I then made an appointment with my Provider. I had my Provider
look at the lump. She scheduled an ultrasound.

THE ULTRASOUND

The lump looked very suspicious. I decided to wait a week to get the lump biopsied
because I was leaving in a few days for a cruise we had planned for a year. The
biopsy would prevent me from getting in the water and possibly rupturing the
implant.

The Genetic Test

I decided to follow through with the genetic testing,

Keep in mind if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, please
take this seriously.

FAST Forward

I got back from the cruise and had a voicemail to contact the office who did
the genetic testing, they had my results. I called; the results took the breath
out of me. I carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation.

I went in the next day to do the biopsy.

Two days later, I received the phone call that turned my whole world upside
down. I have cancer!

To learn more about the BRCA 1 and 2 Gene mutation please click the link
below.

Link:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/bringyourbrave/hereditary_breast_cancer/brca_gene_mutations.htm?utm_campaign=CDC_BYB_22&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=SEM&utm_content=gen