Understanding the diagnosis


It has absolutely affected who I am. I realized that one of the things is that I was a vegetarian for 25 years. I eat organic food, I do the 100-mile diet, I meditate, I work with essential oils, and I thought I was really healthy. I thought I was really doing good and that I was doing all the things I needed (to do), maybe not all the things I needed but I thought I was doing better. I thought I was good and then I realized that it didn’t matter. And then part of it is, I thought, “Well, why would I think that I was the exception to the rule?” Why would I think that? I guess I thought it must have been something I did or something I didn’t do. That was the reason why I ended up with breast cancer. I thought, “Well what did I do wrong?” or “What did I miss?” or “Why did I think that somebody else has done something wrong and they would get breast cancer and I wouldn’t?” And so, it was realizing that there was nothing. I wasn’t any different than anybody else. My odds of getting breast cancer were no different than your odds or my sister’s odds or my neighbour’s odds. It’s something that happens to us. It’s a result of who knows what? Is it environmental? Is it dietary? We don’t know. We don’t know what it is but it’s just realizing that there’s nothing special about me.

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