Did you know that over 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. every year? I am one of those 250,000. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in December of 2014. I am one of the lucky ones. My cancer was caught early. I have had 2 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation and am now on medication to strip the estrogen from my body.
I think, as many people do, that I was in shock for the first few months. I moved through the Doctor’s appointments, surgeries and radiation as if it were an every day thing. My brain and emotions shut down. I wasn’t ready to cope with what was ahead of me.
I have always been the strong person in my family. I am the person everyone relies on to help them make decisions. I am the person who is there when you need a shoulder to cry on. I have never, I repeat never, relied on help from anyone else. I didn’t want to appear weak.
Cancer not only changed the way my body looks, it has changed the way I look at life, the way I look at the future and the way I look at being strong. I am finding it is not always necessary to be the strongest. I am finding that it is ok to be weak. These are not things the Doctors tell you. These are things that you have to struggle to find out for yourself. At least that is what I thought.
I am so glad to find out there is a great source for people with cancer and their families. Allstate is offering a free Silver Lining Companion Guide. Allstate is on a mission to help women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to go through the experience that way to many of us have to go through. This guide is a wonderful resource for those who cancer has touched. You will find practical tips, important information and inspiration. This free e-book explains each step of the cancer process in words that anyone can understand. The author shares things that no Doctor would ever tell you.
I think the thing I really love about this Silver Lining Companion Guide is the feeling of empowerment it gave to me. When I found out I had cancer, I felt my life was out of my control and that I just had to move through the process. After reading the Silver Lining Companion Guide, I realized I could be in control. I could tell Doctors what I wanted and when I wanted it. I also realized that I was not alone in feeling out of control.
The cancer “fog” is beginning to clear now. I am beginning to feel like my self again. I am beginning to feel strong again. I can get back to doing the things that I love; gardening, cooking and spending time with my family. The Silver Lining Companion Guide helped me realize that I can be myself again and that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Allstate is distributing the Silver Lining Companion Guide as a free downloadable resource to everyone impacted by breast cancer. You can easily download this e-book in Spanish or English. If you don’t want to download this guide, you can stop by any Allstate office and get your free copy.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with breast cancer, please get a copy of this book now.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.