I just discovered this blog sitting in my draft folder that I had intended to share months ago when I received an email from a three-time cancer survivor and ambassador for Cure Forward, a new platform that is helping cancer patients understand and access precision medicine. As a cancer survivor, I was asked to write an open letter on my blog to someone recently diagnosed with cancer providing any advice or support I’d want to share with them.
So, this post is to Beth, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of September and is currently recovering from a mastectomy and undergoing chemotherapy. Her experience, as with many others I’ve encountered since my diagnosis, took me back to my own surgeries and recovery.
My advice is 1) take the time you need to heal, 2) welcome all the feelings that show up, explore them, write about them, paint them out, whatever form of creative expression works for you, and 3) ask for and open to the help of others – give them the gift of giving.
With love, Vicki