#breastcancerwarrior Instagram Photos & Videos

They say when you become a Mom you find out about strengths you never knew you had and the courage to handle all things even the hardest things life throws at you. 
Tanya is the epitome of such a Mom. Diagnosed with breast cancer she reached out to me to have a session with her family before she started her chemo. It was amazing to capture all the love between her and her three wonderful children. I admire Tanya's strength, courage and positive spirit. I just know she will get through this because she is a Mom and a Warrior Princess. 🥰🥰
#mom #breastcancer #mother #brave #sons #daughter #family #motherslove #family #warrior #momsarethebest #motherof3 #breastcancerjourney #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancersurvior #momlife #mommykisses #momsofinstagram #familyphotography #familyphotographer #momandson #love #instalife #life #cancer #motherhoodunplugged #motherdaughter #motherhoodrising  #marylandphotographer #emotion #familylife

They say when you become a Mom you find out about strengths you never knew you had and the courage to handle all things even the hardest things life throws at you.
Tanya is the epitome of such a Mom. Diagnosed with breast cancer she reached out to me to have a session with her family before she started her chemo. It was amazing to capture all the love between her and her three wonderful children. I admire Tanya's strength, courage and positive spirit. I just know she will get through this because she is a Mom and a Warrior Princess. 🥰🥰
#mom #breastcancer #mother #brave #sons #daughter #family #motherslove #family #warrior #momsarethebest #motherof3 #breastcancerjourney #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancersurvior #momlife #mommykisses #momsofinstagram #familyphotography #familyphotographer #momandson #love #instalife #life #cancer #motherhoodunplugged #motherdaughter #motherhoodrising #marylandphotographer #emotion #familylife

5 0 16 minutes ago
I had a lovely lunch date with an exceptional lady today. She is a breast cancer survivor, and it felt wonderful to hear about her journey. 
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One of the subjects that came up was "looking" sick. It seems that it's difficult for others to comprehend the struggles, pain, fatigue, and emotions that we feel because for the most part, we don't look sick. I still have my hair (for now), my color is good, my eyes are bright (usually), and I'm not leaving the house looking like a vagabond. Those things don't mean I'm not sick. Those things mean I am trying to retain some semblance of my normal self. Do I need to look like a stereotypical cancer patient in order for people to realize what I'm fighting through?
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This also goes for my emotions. I can't just "perk up" and "be happy" on a whim. My body is fighting to keep going, my mind is in a constant fog, and my sense of self has become temporarily wrapped up in the disease I was stricken with, and the treatments that are consuming my life. Thinking positive is a great tool, but it doesn't fix everything. 
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Leave room for a bit more grace for those around you. Remember that not all battles are visible to everyone. Try to be loving, patient, and understanding. I don't want you to fix things that you're incapable of fixing, I just want to know you're there and you care. You don't have to move mountains to be a hero; a small amount of compassion can do far more. 
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#breastcancer #breastcancersucks
#breastcancersupport #breastcancerawareness #breastcancercare #breastcancerwarrior #brca  #strongerthancancer #chemo #chemotherapy #mycancerjourney #stupidcancer #compassion #understanding #love #invisiblebattle

I had a lovely lunch date with an exceptional lady today. She is a breast cancer survivor, and it felt wonderful to hear about her journey.
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One of the subjects that came up was "looking" sick. It seems that it's difficult for others to comprehend the struggles, pain, fatigue, and emotions that we feel because for the most part, we don't look sick. I still have my hair (for now), my color is good, my eyes are bright (usually), and I'm not leaving the house looking like a vagabond. Those things don't mean I'm not sick. Those things mean I am trying to retain some semblance of my normal self. Do I need to look like a stereotypical cancer patient in order for people to realize what I'm fighting through?
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This also goes for my emotions. I can't just "perk up" and "be happy" on a whim. My body is fighting to keep going, my mind is in a constant fog, and my sense of self has become temporarily wrapped up in the disease I was stricken with, and the treatments that are consuming my life. Thinking positive is a great tool, but it doesn't fix everything.
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Leave room for a bit more grace for those around you. Remember that not all battles are visible to everyone. Try to be loving, patient, and understanding. I don't want you to fix things that you're incapable of fixing, I just want to know you're there and you care. You don't have to move mountains to be a hero; a small amount of compassion can do far more.
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#breastcancer #breastcancersucks
#breastcancersupport #breastcancerawareness #breastcancercare #breastcancerwarrior #brca #strongerthancancer #chemo #chemotherapy #mycancerjourney #stupidcancer #compassion #understanding #love #invisiblebattle

3 4 30 minutes ago
You have to let go
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of the things that don’t matter
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to make space to hold on to
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the things that do
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#holistictherapyliverpool
#thingsthatmatter
#letgo
#release
#reikihealing
#reikiliverpool
#chakrabalancingsets
#crystalbalancingsetsliverpool
#crystalsforangelhealing
#makespace
#woolton
#wooltonvillage
#liverpool
#mentalhealthadvocate
#breastcancerwarrior

You have to let go
💜
of the things that don’t matter
💜
to make space to hold on to
💜
the things that do
💜
🌸
🌸
🌸
#holistictherapyliverpool
#thingsthatmatter
#letgo
#release
#reikihealing
#reikiliverpool
#chakrabalancingsets
#crystalbalancingsetsliverpool
#crystalsforangelhealing
#makespace
#woolton
#wooltonvillage
#liverpool
#mentalhealthadvocate
#breastcancerwarrior

4 0 1 hour ago
Health is so much deeper than physical.... it includes all of us! Emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and of course physical. Even when one part suffers, so do the others. And vice versa.... I often hope to inspire you to take care of you, and talk about the physical. But the reality it is, when you work on one, you are working on the others. As I began to take back my physical health, which started with learning nutrition, and losing weight, I really found a whole lot of emotional and spiritual battles to work through too.

So I took the steps, day by day, forward each day. I let go of the past, released anger and hurt, forgave myself too,  let God have my family, and prayed for healing of my heart. With each pound I lost, I may have equally lost emotional pounds. 
To those of you fighting for your health, maybe fighting to find so much more....I get it. Keep fighting for your health, because it is more than just physical, and you are worth it!

Health is so much deeper than physical.... it includes all of us! Emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and of course physical. Even when one part suffers, so do the others. And vice versa.... I often hope to inspire you to take care of you, and talk about the physical. But the reality it is, when you work on one, you are working on the others. As I began to take back my physical health, which started with learning nutrition, and losing weight, I really found a whole lot of emotional and spiritual battles to work through too.

So I took the steps, day by day, forward each day. I let go of the past, released anger and hurt, forgave myself too, let God have my family, and prayed for healing of my heart. With each pound I lost, I may have equally lost emotional pounds.
To those of you fighting for your health, maybe fighting to find so much more....I get it. Keep fighting for your health, because it is more than just physical, and you are worth it!

34 3 1 hour ago
We are always celebrating something when you walk into the studio—with every woman and every shot captured. From the moment I met this shining light, we were celebrating LIFE. So much joy and laughter throughout our entire time together as she gave herself the gift of celebrating kicking cancer’s ass. Heart of a warrior right here 🧡💪🏼

We are always celebrating something when you walk into the studio—with every woman and every shot captured. From the moment I met this shining light, we were celebrating LIFE. So much joy and laughter throughout our entire time together as she gave herself the gift of celebrating kicking cancer’s ass. Heart of a warrior right here 🧡💪🏼

25 3 2 hours ago
Had a great time today with my #1FitFam running Evelyn's 5k Bra Run! It was awesome to be able to run along side our strongest survivors and supporters! Thank you Lisa for putting together our fun group and our awesome costumes. Helped me to win best dressed🔥🔥🔥😂 #TeamTips @lisab105 .
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#evelynsbreastfriendsforever #5k #brarun #breastcancer #team1fit #cancer #breastcancerawareness #cancersurvivor #cancerfighter #breastcancersurvivor #survivor #cancerawareness #cancerwarrior #fuckcancer #cancerfree #beatcancer #pinkribbon #health #cancerresearch #love #fitness #cancercare #lifeaftercancer #breastcancerwarrior #fightcancer #cancersupport

Had a great time today with my #1FitFam running Evelyn's 5k Bra Run! It was awesome to be able to run along side our strongest survivors and supporters! Thank you Lisa for putting together our fun group and our awesome costumes. Helped me to win best dressed🔥🔥🔥😂 #TeamTips @lisab105 .
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#evelynsbreastfriendsforever #5k #brarun #breastcancer #team1fit #cancer #breastcancerawareness #cancersurvivor #cancerfighter #breastcancersurvivor #survivor #cancerawareness #cancerwarrior #fuckcancer #cancerfree #beatcancer #pinkribbon #health #cancerresearch #love #fitness #cancercare #lifeaftercancer #breastcancerwarrior #fightcancer #cancersupport

26 6 2 hours ago
Beach fun with my girly Lynne! ☀️🏖🌅 Little hair, little boob, don’t care! 😋 We had fun as always! 🤗❤️ Pain is getting better day by day, so happy I managed to do this again! 🤗 We were treated with a beautiful sunset 🌅😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#friends #friendship #beach #beachfun #beachday #scheveningenstrand #sun #sunnyday #summer #sunset #mastectomyrecovery #chemohair #chemohairdontcare #breastcancer #triplenegativebreastcancer #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerfighter #breastcancersurvivor #cancer #cancerwarrior #cancerfighter #gettingbackontrack #enjoying #enjoyinglife

Beach fun with my girly Lynne! ☀️🏖🌅 Little hair, little boob, don’t care! 😋 We had fun as always! 🤗❤️ Pain is getting better day by day, so happy I managed to do this again! 🤗 We were treated with a beautiful sunset 🌅😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#friends #friendship #beach #beachfun #beachday #scheveningenstrand #sun #sunnyday #summer #sunset #mastectomyrecovery #chemohair #chemohairdontcare #breastcancer #triplenegativebreastcancer #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerfighter #breastcancersurvivor #cancer #cancerwarrior #cancerfighter #gettingbackontrack #enjoying #enjoyinglife

18 2 2 hours ago
F Cancer!! Chemo care basket for a friend that starts chemo Wednesday. 
Includes; cozy blanket, big ass water bottle, word search, hangman, inspirational journal, breast cancer socks, hand sanitizer, lollipops, altoids, and starbursts! 
#fuckcancer #breastcancerwarrior #kickcancersass

F Cancer!! Chemo care basket for a friend that starts chemo Wednesday.
Includes; cozy blanket, big ass water bottle, word search, hangman, inspirational journal, breast cancer socks, hand sanitizer, lollipops, altoids, and starbursts!
#fuckcancer #breastcancerwarrior #kickcancersass

10 1 2 hours ago
It's been a very, very long time since I have taken a obligatory bike shot when mountain biking. 86 days infact. *
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No wonder I was blowing on the climbs and had moments of wimpiness! I've missed my bike so much and missed riding it properly. I'm aware how ridiculous that sounds but if you know you know. 🚲♥️
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This weekend has shown me I can still ride and I'm so happy about that. It helps me feel sane.
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A week by the sea followed by a weekend on my bike have made me so happy.  Thanks to @b0z83, @hartyboy123 and Matt for such a great weekend 🚲🚲
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I love my bike. I hate cancer. But cancer can f off. *
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#breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #her2 #her2positive #mtb #mtbgirl #mentalhealth #mtblove #stumpjumper #outonherbike #shewentwild #fuckcancer #mtblife #fuckyoucancer #breastcancersupport #cancersupport #cancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #triplepositivebreastcancer #ybcn #ybcn_uk

It's been a very, very long time since I have taken a obligatory bike shot when mountain biking. 86 days infact. *
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No wonder I was blowing on the climbs and had moments of wimpiness! I've missed my bike so much and missed riding it properly. I'm aware how ridiculous that sounds but if you know you know. 🚲♥️
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This weekend has shown me I can still ride and I'm so happy about that. It helps me feel sane.
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A week by the sea followed by a weekend on my bike have made me so happy. Thanks to @b0z83, @hartyboy123 and Matt for such a great weekend 🚲🚲
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I love my bike. I hate cancer. But cancer can f off. *
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#breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #her2 #her2positive #mtb #mtbgirl #mentalhealth #mtblove #stumpjumper #outonherbike #shewentwild #fuckcancer #mtblife #fuckyoucancer #breastcancersupport #cancersupport #cancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #triplepositivebreastcancer #ybcn #ybcn_uk

47 7 3 hours ago
Wherever you are on your healing journey, we see you, Queen. We're praying for you. For all of us. And we will NEVER stop fighting. To allies and family members: Don't just be there for the initial diagnosis. Keep checking in. That friend, that family member, they STILL need you. ⠀
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#CarriesTOUCH ⠀⠀⠀
#ISeeYouProject⠀⠀
#blackgirlmagic⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#breastcancerfighter⠀⠀
#BreastCancerSurvivor⠀⠀
#breastcancerwarrior⠀⠀
#Youarenotalone⠀⠀
#breastcancerwarriors⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyacceptance⠀⠀
#breastcancer⠀⠀
#breastcancerawareness⠀⠀
#breastcancermonth⠀⠀
#breastcancerwalk⠀⠀
#breastcancersucks⠀⠀
#breastcancercare⠀⠀
#BlackGirlsSurvive⠀⠀⠀⠀
#nobodyshame⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#fearlessness⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyrespect⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bopo⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bopowarrior⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#selflove⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyconfidence⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodypositive

Wherever you are on your healing journey, we see you, Queen. We're praying for you. For all of us. And we will NEVER stop fighting. To allies and family members: Don't just be there for the initial diagnosis. Keep checking in. That friend, that family member, they STILL need you. ⠀
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#CarriesTOUCH ⠀⠀⠀
#ISeeYouProject⠀⠀
#blackgirlmagic⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#breastcancerfighter⠀⠀
#BreastCancerSurvivor⠀⠀
#breastcancerwarrior⠀⠀
#Youarenotalone⠀⠀
#breastcancerwarriors⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyacceptance⠀⠀
#breastcancer⠀⠀
#breastcancerawareness⠀⠀
#breastcancermonth⠀⠀
#breastcancerwalk⠀⠀
#breastcancersucks⠀⠀
#breastcancercare⠀⠀
#BlackGirlsSurvive⠀⠀⠀⠀
#nobodyshame⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#fearlessness⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyrespect⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bopo⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bopowarrior⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#selflove⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodyconfidence⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bodypositive

5 0 3 hours ago
Happy Sunday. Just a friendly reminder to keep smiling 🤓 #smile #smilethroughitall #baldandbeautiful #cancersurvivor #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancersurvivor

Happy Sunday. Just a friendly reminder to keep smiling 🤓 #smile #smilethroughitall #baldandbeautiful #cancersurvivor #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancersurvivor

32 2 4 hours ago
Found the loosest dress I could find today, piled my hair up, and snuck into another ward’s (not my usual church time’s) sacrament meeting, just so I could have a few minutes of peace and quiet to think of my Savior and renew the covenants I’ve made to “always remember Him.” ...
I slept too late to go to my own ward at 9, and even though I’ve had miserable discomfort & pain after my last expansion on Friday, & even though I woke tired & emotional, I knew it would be good for my soul to be in a holy place for even a little bit. ...
The sacrament hymn? “Thy Will, Oh Lord, Be Done.” It brought tears to my eyes, because this is my prayer and my plea—that I can walk this road knowing I’m never alone and ALLOW His will to be done. ....
I don’t believe God GAVE me #breastcancer. That’s all due to my genes. But I believe He allowed me to have to face this challenge because He knows the reward will be great on the other side. He is pruning me. He is refining me, once again. And though it be tough & I too often ask, “Why?” I know the answer: because He loves me & He wants to help me become ALL I have the #potential to #become. ...
I don’t often share my #testimony here, because as a #psychologist I’m supposed to “keep my #faith separate.” But the truth is, it’s NEVER separate from me. I AM my faith, my testimony. I AM a daughter of God and I am being made ever more pure & like Him. This I know, always, & even more so now. ...
And so, like these pictures, I will continue to get up, put one foot in front of the other & try & do my best on this latest “muddy” path. I will plant myself, and I will #grow and #flourish. 🌺
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#thisishowwegrow #brca1positive  #triplenegativebreastcancer #lds #breastcancerwarrior #carryon #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #doublemastectomy #spiritual #breastcancersurvivor #healing #mentalhealth #motherhood  #yourenotalone #support #emotionalhealth #griefandloss #personalgrowth #shareyourstory #bethelight #upliftandinspire #lds #keepingitreal

Found the loosest dress I could find today, piled my hair up, and snuck into another ward’s (not my usual church time’s) sacrament meeting, just so I could have a few minutes of peace and quiet to think of my Savior and renew the covenants I’ve made to “always remember Him.” ...
I slept too late to go to my own ward at 9, and even though I’ve had miserable discomfort & pain after my last expansion on Friday, & even though I woke tired & emotional, I knew it would be good for my soul to be in a holy place for even a little bit. ...
The sacrament hymn? “Thy Will, Oh Lord, Be Done.” It brought tears to my eyes, because this is my prayer and my plea—that I can walk this road knowing I’m never alone and ALLOW His will to be done. ....
I don’t believe God GAVE me #breastcancer. That’s all due to my genes. But I believe He allowed me to have to face this challenge because He knows the reward will be great on the other side. He is pruning me. He is refining me, once again. And though it be tough & I too often ask, “Why?” I know the answer: because He loves me & He wants to help me become ALL I have the #potential to #become. ...
I don’t often share my #testimony here, because as a #psychologist I’m supposed to “keep my #faith separate.” But the truth is, it’s NEVER separate from me. I AM my faith, my testimony. I AM a daughter of God and I am being made ever more pure & like Him. This I know, always, & even more so now. ...
And so, like these pictures, I will continue to get up, put one foot in front of the other & try & do my best on this latest “muddy” path. I will plant myself, and I will #grow and #flourish. 🌺
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#thisishowwegrow #brca1positive #triplenegativebreastcancer #lds #breastcancerwarrior #carryon #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #doublemastectomy #spiritual #breastcancersurvivor #healing #mentalhealth #motherhood #yourenotalone #support #emotionalhealth #griefandloss #personalgrowth #shareyourstory #bethelight #upliftandinspire #lds #keepingitreal

80 17 4 hours ago
Annual visit to the #oregonfilmmuseum #goonies #thegoonies #gooniesfan

Annual visit to the #oregonfilmmuseum #goonies #thegoonies #gooniesfan

21 2 5 hours ago
This handsome fella is having a vegan buffet on the museum grounds of the #flavelhouse

This handsome fella is having a vegan buffet on the museum grounds of the #flavelhouse

12 1 5 hours ago
#astoriaoregon

#astoriaoregon

8 1 5 hours ago
NPC National champ! 🏆
Huge congrats Emma 🙌🏻💛
#Repost @adventurefit79 with @get_repost
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Your entire life can change in a year. You’ve just got to love yourself enough to know that you deserve better, be brave enough to demand more and be disciplined enough to work hard for it 💪🏻
1st Place Bikini Masters 40+ and 2nd Place Bikini open C, thank you @npcalabamastatechampionships it was a great day! #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #girlswholift #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #fitnessaftercancer #fitand40 #pizzatime

NPC National champ! 🏆
Huge congrats Emma 🙌🏻💛
#Repost @adventurefit79 with @get_repost
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Your entire life can change in a year. You’ve just got to love yourself enough to know that you deserve better, be brave enough to demand more and be disciplined enough to work hard for it 💪🏻
1st Place Bikini Masters 40+ and 2nd Place Bikini open C, thank you @npcalabamastatechampionships it was a great day! #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #girlswholift #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #fitnessaftercancer #fitand40 #pizzatime

18 0 5 hours ago
Advice from Leonidas

Do not catch a baseball, thrown underhand, by dad, with your face!

I swear to you this child gets injured walking in an empty room wearing only his underwear, lol. Actually, he might be ok like that. 
Hmm....Guess we'll have to empty the house, oh well, safety first!

Popsicles and ibuprofen, he's lucky all his teeth look good. Appears to only be a literal busted mouth. I feel so bad for him!

#gurumemaw #momlife #lifeisgood #fightlikeagirl #ohio #breastcancerwarrior #fuckcancer #beautywithinthefight #smiletho #Leo #momofboys #myeverything

Advice from Leonidas

Do not catch a baseball, thrown underhand, by dad, with your face!

I swear to you this child gets injured walking in an empty room wearing only his underwear, lol. Actually, he might be ok like that.
Hmm....Guess we'll have to empty the house, oh well, safety first!

Popsicles and ibuprofen, he's lucky all his teeth look good. Appears to only be a literal busted mouth. I feel so bad for him!

#gurumemaw #momlife #lifeisgood #fightlikeagirl #ohio #breastcancerwarrior #fuckcancer #beautywithinthefight #smiletho #Leo #momofboys #myeverything

3 2 6 hours ago
Your entire life can change in a year. You’ve just got to love yourself enough to know that you deserve better, be brave enough to demand more and be disciplined enough to work hard for it 💪🏻
1st Place Bikini Masters 40+ and 2nd Place Bikini open C, thank you @npcalabamastatechampionships it was a great day! #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #girlswholift #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #fitnessaftercancer #fitand40 #pizzatime

Your entire life can change in a year. You’ve just got to love yourself enough to know that you deserve better, be brave enough to demand more and be disciplined enough to work hard for it 💪🏻
1st Place Bikini Masters 40+ and 2nd Place Bikini open C, thank you @npcalabamastatechampionships it was a great day! #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #girlswholift #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #fitnessaftercancer #fitand40 #pizzatime

62 17 6 hours ago
New hair, who dis!? Baby crew cut 4 days post-chemo. Now if my eyebrows would take the hint... 😑
••••••••••••••••••••••🎀 #notbaldanymore #wheremyeyebrowsattho #postchemohair #hairgrowth #breastcancerwarrior #fuckcancer #livealoha

New hair, who dis!? Baby crew cut 4 days post-chemo. Now if my eyebrows would take the hint... 😑
••••••••••••••••••••••🎀 #notbaldanymore #wheremyeyebrowsattho #postchemohair #hairgrowth #breastcancerwarrior #fuckcancer #livealoha

99 1 6 hours ago
“ᴬˢᵃⁿᵗᵉ ˢᵃⁿᵃ, ˢqᵘᵃˢʰ ᵇᵃⁿᵃⁿᵃ, ʷᵉʷᵉ ⁿᵘᵍᵘ, ᵐⁱᵐⁱ ᵃᵖᵃⁿᵃ!”⁻ ᴿᵃᶠⁱᵏⁱ

“ᴬˢᵃⁿᵗᵉ ˢᵃⁿᵃ, ˢqᵘᵃˢʰ ᵇᵃⁿᵃⁿᵃ, ʷᵉʷᵉ ⁿᵘᵍᵘ, ᵐⁱᵐⁱ ᵃᵖᵃⁿᵃ!”⁻ ᴿᵃᶠⁱᵏⁱ

30 1 6 hours ago
Have fun with the newest design to @americanbreastcare #mastectomybra 110 collection: Neon Hearts! 
Feature: Designed with breathable cotton and spandex for a comfortable, relaxed fit. Ideal bra for post-surgical and/or leisure wear. Constructed with a front closure for easy on-and-off for post-surgery, #lymphedema, #arthritis, difficulty with reaching, etc. Straps are wide and non-adjustable. 
Fabric: Back: 93% cotton, 7% spandex, Pockets: 95% cotton,5% spandex Cups: 85% nylon, 15% spandex. 
#mastectomy #mastectomybras #mastectomybrasandprosthesis #mastectomyboutique #breastcancerwarrior #comfortable #bra #havefun #reconstruction #breastreconstruction #breastreconstructionsurgery #breastcancersurvivor

Have fun with the newest design to @americanbreastcare #mastectomybra 110 collection: Neon Hearts!
Feature: Designed with breathable cotton and spandex for a comfortable, relaxed fit. Ideal bra for post-surgical and/or leisure wear. Constructed with a front closure for easy on-and-off for post-surgery, #lymphedema, #arthritis, difficulty with reaching, etc. Straps are wide and non-adjustable.
Fabric: Back: 93% cotton, 7% spandex, Pockets: 95% cotton,5% spandex Cups: 85% nylon, 15% spandex.
#mastectomy #mastectomybras #mastectomybrasandprosthesis #mastectomyboutique #breastcancerwarrior #comfortable #bra #havefun #reconstruction #breastreconstruction #breastreconstructionsurgery #breastcancersurvivor

5 0 7 hours ago
🙌🏽💕🙌🏽💕🙌🏽
I've completed chemotherapy and I'm so excited! I'm so blessed to have had minimal complications through out treatment. No hospitalizations, infections,  dehydration,  my fingernails are all still attached, and my bladder remains healthy.  So many others are not so lucky. Here are some of my tips to prevent these unfortunate common side effects:
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💜Utilize cannabis in whichever capacity you feel most comfortable, just make sure to consult your team if ingesting a supplement. 💜Consult a holistic md for extra support.
💜Verify EVERY supplement you're taking with your pharmacist/oncologist (and if they tell you not to take something then ask them WHY.  If their reasoning is backed up by scientific evidence,  then ask to see the research article)
💜Supplement electrolytes. I use 40,000 volts by @tracemineralsresearch
💜Checkout Mushroom Science immunity builder
💜Eat as well as you can.  Reevaluate what you can eat EVERY day. When you have an appetite,  take every advantage to eat fruits, veggies, whole grains,  nuts, seeds & legumes
💜🔼Same with fitness/movement... check in with yourself everymorning and set a goal for the day,  even if it's only 5 minutes of stretching! Just MOVE!
💜DIY or find an all natural body butter and slather it on morning and night. Dry skin gets super intense.
💜Get acupuncture...Lots of it! Communicate with your acupuncturist and let them know what you're feeling. 💜Keep crystals near you,  rest when you can,  and ASK FOR SUPPORT. .....
*Save and share this post if you or a loved one are going through chemotherapy. *Mental health survival checklist coming soon!
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#chemotherapy #breastcancer #healing #wfpb #winning #breastcancer #survivor #breastcancerwarrior #survivalguide #chemotips #chemotherapytips #chemotipsandtricks #holistic #integrativehealth #integrativewellness #educateyourself

🙌🏽💕🙌🏽💕🙌🏽
I've completed chemotherapy and I'm so excited! I'm so blessed to have had minimal complications through out treatment. No hospitalizations, infections, dehydration, my fingernails are all still attached, and my bladder remains healthy. So many others are not so lucky. Here are some of my tips to prevent these unfortunate common side effects:
..
💜Utilize cannabis in whichever capacity you feel most comfortable, just make sure to consult your team if ingesting a supplement. 💜Consult a holistic md for extra support.
💜Verify EVERY supplement you're taking with your pharmacist/oncologist (and if they tell you not to take something then ask them WHY. If their reasoning is backed up by scientific evidence, then ask to see the research article)
💜Supplement electrolytes. I use 40,000 volts by @tracemineralsresearch
💜Checkout Mushroom Science immunity builder
💜Eat as well as you can. Reevaluate what you can eat EVERY day. When you have an appetite, take every advantage to eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds & legumes
💜🔼Same with fitness/movement... check in with yourself everymorning and set a goal for the day, even if it's only 5 minutes of stretching! Just MOVE!
💜DIY or find an all natural body butter and slather it on morning and night. Dry skin gets super intense.
💜Get acupuncture...Lots of it! Communicate with your acupuncturist and let them know what you're feeling. 💜Keep crystals near you, rest when you can, and ASK FOR SUPPORT. .....
*Save and share this post if you or a loved one are going through chemotherapy. *Mental health survival checklist coming soon!
.....
#chemotherapy #breastcancer #healing #wfpb #winning #breastcancer #survivor #breastcancerwarrior #survivalguide #chemotips #chemotherapytips #chemotipsandtricks #holistic #integrativehealth #integrativewellness #educateyourself

119 31 7 hours ago
Getting our Warrior Faces ready for Nonnie! #breastcancerwarrior #fightlikeagirl #fcancer

Getting our Warrior Faces ready for Nonnie! #breastcancerwarrior #fightlikeagirl #fcancer

18 0 7 hours ago
PAIN. I have tried to write this post several times i. Last few months and it always gets deleted in app om accident.  Maybe it is a sign that i shouldnt dwell on the pain. Amd i am trying not to. But i do want to continue to share my cancer journey with you all and this is where i am at right now. I am spending a lot of time and energy managing my pain.

1. Post Mastectomy Pain Sydrome - sharp stabbing pain in left and right chest. It often radiates into left arm. In January I started seeing Interventional Pain Clinic at Moffitt.  We have done #nerveablation on the left and right side. I think i got some relief on the right side but not really left.  Gabapentin helps with this ans we just upped my script. I have just been referred to PT and will go Thursday.  Radiation oncologist suspects #cording. 
2.  Neuropathy -tingling/burning/aching pain in palms of hand and feet.  This is a side effect from chemo, prob taxol.  I iced hands and feet during taxol treatment. But that didn't seem to help. Neuropathy didnt start til end of chemo. Gabapentin helps with this.  I need to start wearing shoes with good support all the time... Which means i may have to spring for a $100 pair of flip flops support. 
3. Joint pain - as side effect of being catapulted into menopause by estrogen suppression meds. This is enough to send me to the f'ing loony bin.  I feel like a crack addict wringing my hands cause every freaking joint in my fingers ache.  And feeling my hip and knee pain but no way to get relief. I am now taking 600mg of ibuprofen about 3 times a day.  Yet joint pain still woke me up 3 nights in a row at 5am. 
I am so greatful to have sabattical right now to learn to balance the meds for the pain. I have also added in #Bcomplex, #tumeric, #glucosamine, #fishoil, amd #CBD. There will be no way ti tell what is working but hopefully something will.  I think i wake up with worse pain if i drink alcohol.  I am already down to about 2 drinks max but may lower to 1 or switch to seltzer.  There is not much clinical recommendation for all this crap.  I dont know what responsibility my cancer doctor's feel that rhey have for me at this point...

PAIN. I have tried to write this post several times i. Last few months and it always gets deleted in app om accident. Maybe it is a sign that i shouldnt dwell on the pain. Amd i am trying not to. But i do want to continue to share my cancer journey with you all and this is where i am at right now. I am spending a lot of time and energy managing my pain.

1. Post Mastectomy Pain Sydrome - sharp stabbing pain in left and right chest. It often radiates into left arm. In January I started seeing Interventional Pain Clinic at Moffitt. We have done #nerveablation on the left and right side. I think i got some relief on the right side but not really left. Gabapentin helps with this ans we just upped my script. I have just been referred to PT and will go Thursday. Radiation oncologist suspects #cording.
2. Neuropathy -tingling/burning/aching pain in palms of hand and feet. This is a side effect from chemo, prob taxol. I iced hands and feet during taxol treatment. But that didn't seem to help. Neuropathy didnt start til end of chemo. Gabapentin helps with this. I need to start wearing shoes with good support all the time... Which means i may have to spring for a $100 pair of flip flops support.
3. Joint pain - as side effect of being catapulted into menopause by estrogen suppression meds. This is enough to send me to the f'ing loony bin. I feel like a crack addict wringing my hands cause every freaking joint in my fingers ache. And feeling my hip and knee pain but no way to get relief. I am now taking 600mg of ibuprofen about 3 times a day. Yet joint pain still woke me up 3 nights in a row at 5am.
I am so greatful to have sabattical right now to learn to balance the meds for the pain. I have also added in #Bcomplex, #tumeric, #glucosamine, #fishoil, amd #CBD. There will be no way ti tell what is working but hopefully something will. I think i wake up with worse pain if i drink alcohol. I am already down to about 2 drinks max but may lower to 1 or switch to seltzer. There is not much clinical recommendation for all this crap. I dont know what responsibility my cancer doctor's feel that rhey have for me at this point...

29 4 7 hours ago
Rested n ready for a day in #astoriaoregon - rockin’ my #travelwig Shilo 😂

Rested n ready for a day in #astoriaoregon - rockin’ my #travelwig Shilo 😂

80 6 7 hours ago
実家のひょう太さん(猫)とましろさん(犬)に
喜んでもらおうと、#デニムかつお を購入。
喜んで遊んでくれるかなー?
いらねぇって言われそうで怖いなー。笑笑
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わたくし、メンタルをヤラレておりますので、
#エビリファイ の良き用量を先生と模索中。
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1/4の0.75mgに減量したら撃沈😭
今は、1/2から0.25mg減らして1.25mgでチャレンジ💪🔥
結果やっぱり撃沈中😱
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個人的には1/2の1.5mgが元気が出るからいいんだけど、
それを飲み続けると元気の出過ぎでいつか倒れると言われ…。
正直、倒れていいから1.5mgで倦怠感ゼロで過ごしたい…。
ベッドの住人はもう嫌ですー😭
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最近、夜にウツっ気が戻って来つつある。
新薬があるらしいので、次はそれにしてもらおうかなぁ。
医療費が1割だけ負担になる手続きしてこなきゃ💦
しんどいけど、自分でやらないといけないしね😔
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#メンタルがヤラレ中
#エビリファイ模索中
#ネガティヴさんがやってきた
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#乳がん #乳がん治療中 #若年性乳がん
#乳がん再発 #乳がん転移 #AYA世代
#breastcancer #breastcancerwarrior

実家のひょう太さん(猫)とましろさん(犬)に
喜んでもらおうと、 #デニムかつお を購入。
喜んで遊んでくれるかなー?
いらねぇって言われそうで怖いなー。笑笑
.
わたくし、メンタルをヤラレておりますので、
#エビリファイ の良き用量を先生と模索中。
.
1/4の0.75mgに減量したら撃沈😭
今は、1/2から0.25mg減らして1.25mgでチャレンジ💪🔥
結果やっぱり撃沈中😱
.
個人的には1/2の1.5mgが元気が出るからいいんだけど、
それを飲み続けると元気の出過ぎでいつか倒れると言われ…。
正直、倒れていいから1.5mgで倦怠感ゼロで過ごしたい…。
ベッドの住人はもう嫌ですー😭
.
最近、夜にウツっ気が戻って来つつある。
新薬があるらしいので、次はそれにしてもらおうかなぁ。
医療費が1割だけ負担になる手続きしてこなきゃ💦
しんどいけど、自分でやらないといけないしね😔
.
.
#メンタルがヤラレ中
#エビリファイ模索中
#ネガティヴさんがやってきた
.
#乳がん #乳がん治療中 #若年性乳がん
#乳がん再発 #乳がん転移 #AYA世代
#breastcancer #breastcancerwarrior

18 2 7 hours ago
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24 6 10 hours ago
#BreastCancerWarrior It tried to slow me down but I wouldn't let it. Live everyday as if its your last

#BreastCancerWarrior It tried to slow me down but I wouldn't let it. Live everyday as if its your last

13 0 10 hours ago
🍃This is one of my favorite songs🎶 
A Thank You, for even the hardest days~ knowing that God weaves EVERY circumstance into our story for good as we declare His faithfulness and goodness.  Happy Sunday Friends🕊 .
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GREAT THINGS  @elevationworship “Thank You for the wilderness 
Where I learned to thirst for Your presence 
If I'd never known that place 
How could I have known You are  better? 
Thank You for the lonely times 
When I learned to live in the silence 
As the other voices fade 
I can hear You calling me, Jesus. 
Thank You for the scars I bear 
They declare that You are my healer 
How could I have seen your strength 
If You never showed me my weakness? 
And it's worth it all, just to know You more 
You've done great things 
Jesus, Your love never fails me 
My soul will sing You have done great things”

🍃This is one of my favorite songs🎶
A Thank You, for even the hardest days~ knowing that God weaves EVERY circumstance into our story for good as we declare His faithfulness and goodness. Happy Sunday Friends🕊 .
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GREAT THINGS @elevationworship “Thank You for the wilderness
Where I learned to thirst for Your presence
If I'd never known that place
How could I have known You are better?
Thank You for the lonely times
When I learned to live in the silence
As the other voices fade
I can hear You calling me, Jesus.
Thank You for the scars I bear
They declare that You are my healer
How could I have seen your strength
If You never showed me my weakness?
And it's worth it all, just to know You more
You've done great things
Jesus, Your love never fails me
My soul will sing You have done great things”

470 72 10 hours ago
The medical profession has long realised that prevention is better than a cure. For example, it is better to help people quit smoking than to treat lung cancer and it’s better to provide vaccines rather than get diseases like malaria, measles and influenza. We wear sun hats and use sunblock to prevent injury and disease. Exercise and good nutrition will reduce susceptibility to illness and it also makes you feel, well, well!

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The medical profession has long realised that prevention is better than a cure. For example, it is better to help people quit smoking than to treat lung cancer and it’s better to provide vaccines rather than get diseases like malaria, measles and influenza. We wear sun hats and use sunblock to prevent injury and disease. Exercise and good nutrition will reduce susceptibility to illness and it also makes you feel, well, well!

Cures can be DIFFICULT and EXPENSIVE. Even worse than that, they can be ineffective or just too late. In some cases there simply is NO CURE.

That is why, taking Pure Organic Green Barley 🌿 has help so many individuals that has multiple micro nutrients, vitamins and minerals to maintain healthy body and preventing diseases.

Material wealth and a consumer lifestyle are not the ‘cure’ for lack of well-being, in fact they are often the cause. Well-being starts with preventing the harm that consumer lifestyles cause by living simple and authentic lives.

For more info, know about our Health Awareness Campaign. 💚

Like us for more 👇
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33 1 11 hours ago

Top #breastcancerwarrior posts

A little #motivationmonday for my fellow #pinksisters. On the left is me last summer: weak, completely bald, fighting through the side effects of my last #TCHP infusion. 
On the right is me today: 1st day back at work full time after 1.5 years of chemo, surgery, radiation, and MORE chemo, wondering WHY that one curl simply refuses to behave like the rest of them.

Fellow warriors, please don't give up. Going through treatment seems eternal, and you wonder when - or even IF - you'll be the same again. The truth is, you won't be exactly the same; but you'll still be you, and you WILL live life again. It's not easy & the survivorship journey is filled with its own challenges; but THERE. IS. HOPE. 
So if you're having a rough day, feel those feelings then KEEP GOING! Because there WILL come a day when your biggest worry is how to tame that stubborn cowlick atop all your glorious post-chemo curls.

#nevergiveup. You are totally worth this fight. 💪💗

A little #motivationmonday for my fellow #pinksisters. On the left is me last summer: weak, completely bald, fighting through the side effects of my last #TCHP infusion.
On the right is me today: 1st day back at work full time after 1.5 years of chemo, surgery, radiation, and MORE chemo, wondering WHY that one curl simply refuses to behave like the rest of them.

Fellow warriors, please don't give up. Going through treatment seems eternal, and you wonder when - or even IF - you'll be the same again. The truth is, you won't be exactly the same; but you'll still be you, and you WILL live life again. It's not easy & the survivorship journey is filled with its own challenges; but THERE. IS. HOPE.
So if you're having a rough day, feel those feelings then KEEP GOING! Because there WILL come a day when your biggest worry is how to tame that stubborn cowlick atop all your glorious post-chemo curls.

#nevergiveup. You are totally worth this fight. 💪💗

1,051 71 22 July, 2019
These pictures are exactly 1 year APART. 
I don’t really have anything motivational to say because in all honesty  having cancer truly fucking SUCKS. I know life is not always rainbows and butterflies but, DAMMMM lately I feel like having cancer truly breaks you in ways you never thought possible. Cancer truly takes a toll on you mentally and physically every single day. I have more bad days than good. My body aches 24/7 all my food still taste like metal but, Overall I’m  happy to say that even on the most shittiest days when I feel like giving up I don’t because I know for a fact my story is not meant to finish here. So for now I’ll continue fighting and Waiting for my miracle. 
P.S Enjoy these reenactment selfies of me because, regardless of how shitty I feel right now I was definitely feeling myself and enjoyed taking these selfies  lol 👩🏻‍🦲💁🏻‍♀️💕... bye for now... #samesnapchatfilter  #nobrowsnoproblem #nolashesneeded #imstillbeautiful  #myhusbandsaysimbeautiful #idolookweird #thisiscancer #triplenegativebreastcancer #triplenegative #cancer #cancerwillnotwin #pinkribbon #cancersucks #baldandbeautiful #cancersupport #cancerbreast #brca1 #strongwomenunite #strong #cancercanbebeautiful #lifesucks #mymiracleiscoming #cancercare #fckcancer #luchacontraelcancer #beatcancer #breastcancersupport #breastcancerfighter #breastcancerwarrior #stage3breastcancerfighter

These pictures are exactly 1 year APART.
I don’t really have anything motivational to say because in all honesty having cancer truly fucking SUCKS. I know life is not always rainbows and butterflies but, DAMMMM lately I feel like having cancer truly breaks you in ways you never thought possible. Cancer truly takes a toll on you mentally and physically every single day. I have more bad days than good. My body aches 24/7 all my food still taste like metal but, Overall I’m happy to say that even on the most shittiest days when I feel like giving up I don’t because I know for a fact my story is not meant to finish here. So for now I’ll continue fighting and Waiting for my miracle.
P.S Enjoy these reenactment selfies of me because, regardless of how shitty I feel right now I was definitely feeling myself and enjoyed taking these selfies lol 👩🏻‍🦲💁🏻‍♀️💕... bye for now... #samesnapchatfilter #nobrowsnoproblem #nolashesneeded #imstillbeautiful #myhusbandsaysimbeautiful #idolookweird #thisiscancer #triplenegativebreastcancer #triplenegative #cancer #cancerwillnotwin #pinkribbon #cancersucks #baldandbeautiful #cancersupport #cancerbreast #brca1 #strongwomenunite #strong #cancercanbebeautiful #lifesucks #mymiracleiscoming #cancercare #fckcancer #luchacontraelcancer #beatcancer #breastcancersupport #breastcancerfighter #breastcancerwarrior #stage3breastcancerfighter

783 116 19 June, 2019
This girl joined my #chemocrew today. She's been one of my dearest friends since 8th grade. Glad you could be here with me, Jenny! Taxol/carbo 3/12 going down today. 👍🏼
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#breastcancer #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerfighter #fuckcancer🎀 #cancersucks #chemo #chemosucks #invasiveductalcarcinoma #triplenegativecancer #erinbeatscancer #breastcancerat30  #brca1 #brca1positive #fightlikeagirl #nomattermyage #tnbc #tnc #triplenegativebreastcancer #youngbreastcancer

This girl joined my #chemocrew today. She's been one of my dearest friends since 8th grade. Glad you could be here with me, Jenny! Taxol/carbo 3/12 going down today. 👍🏼
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#breastcancer #breastcancerwarrior #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerfighter #fuckcancer🎀 #cancersucks #chemo #chemosucks #invasiveductalcarcinoma #triplenegativecancer #erinbeatscancer #breastcancerat30 #brca1 #brca1positive #fightlikeagirl #nomattermyage #tnbc #tnc #triplenegativebreastcancer #youngbreastcancer

448 30 22 August, 2019
My eyebrows and lashes are starting to go. I’m tired. I’m emotional - my hormones are making me feel like a crazy person this week with SO many tears. Is it possible to become dehydrated from crying?? 🤣
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Amidst it all, I’m finding JOY where I can. .
In this cup of coffee out on my quiet front porch this morning. .
In the gigantic heart within my 5-yr-old son. Yesterday, I laid in his bed with him while he had some downtime with the iPad. We had an overwhelming morning at Meet the Teacher for kindergarten. I was emotional and exhausted. I fell asleep. .
He saw me snoozing, so he turned on his white noise machine, closed all the shutters and quietly left, closing the door behind him so I could nap. .
When I woke up, I came out to find him happily playing with M. .
“Hi Mommy! Did you have a good sleep?”
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Im feel sad that my 5-yr-old has to be taking care of his mom. But at the same time, and even more powerfully, I’m so proud of his gigantic, nurturing heart. #mybreastcancerjourney #breastcancerwarrior #nofilter

My eyebrows and lashes are starting to go. I’m tired. I’m emotional - my hormones are making me feel like a crazy person this week with SO many tears. Is it possible to become dehydrated from crying?? 🤣
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Amidst it all, I’m finding JOY where I can. .
In this cup of coffee out on my quiet front porch this morning. .
In the gigantic heart within my 5-yr-old son. Yesterday, I laid in his bed with him while he had some downtime with the iPad. We had an overwhelming morning at Meet the Teacher for kindergarten. I was emotional and exhausted. I fell asleep. .
He saw me snoozing, so he turned on his white noise machine, closed all the shutters and quietly left, closing the door behind him so I could nap. .
When I woke up, I came out to find him happily playing with M. .
“Hi Mommy! Did you have a good sleep?”
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Im feel sad that my 5-yr-old has to be taking care of his mom. But at the same time, and even more powerfully, I’m so proud of his gigantic, nurturing heart. #mybreastcancerjourney #breastcancerwarrior #nofilter

199 34 10 August, 2019
Finally bit the bullet. On Taxol my hair won't be getting thicker and it looked awful to me.  I've always had thick hair,  and bald spots are not exactly thrilling. I'd much rather be bald.

Finally bit the bullet. On Taxol my hair won't be getting thicker and it looked awful to me. I've always had thick hair, and bald spots are not exactly thrilling. I'd much rather be bald.

627 93 16 August, 2019
Today, I turn 31. This is not at all where or how I pictured myself at this point in my life. I thought I'd be a strong, independent woman navigating New York with my two kids--finding the best parks and places to cool off in the summer heat. I thought I'd have my long ponytail of hair--finally grown back in after postpartum hair loss. I thought I'd feel energentic and excited to fill each day with fun activities. I thought I'd be strong and healthy after spending nearly a year weight lifting and gaining muscle. I thought I'd be meeting new people and having new experiences that only city life can offer. .
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Instead, I spend most of my days thinking about the next time I can lay down and rest. My hair is gone and even the fuzz I had left is now falling off every time I touch my head. I guess I've met some new people and had some new experiences but mostly within the four walls of the cancer center. The muscles I worked so hard to build post-baby are getting smaller and softer by the day. Instead of the energetic, independent mom I'm the mom sitting on the bench while her kids play close by. .
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The difficult thing about cancer is that it robs you of so much choice. People say I'm a fighter because I have cancer, but I didn't choose this. I'm a fighter because the alternative is dying. People say my shaved head looks good but that wasn't a style choice, I did it because it's more depressing to watch your hair come out in handfuls. People say I will get through this--and I will. But not without sacrificing my body, my self image, my idea of a "normal life," and some of the best years of my life. Because this is MY LIFE. It's not a dream or a movie or an Instagram account for fun. I am living this reality every day. .
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I guess this is just a PSA to say: I don't always have a positive spin to put on this. The reality is that I'm going to lose some of the best years of my life fighting to live. I know it will be worth it but that doesn't mean that each day isn't hard. And on days like today, it's just hitting me that my life is not what I thought it would be. I'm staring my 31st birthday down like a nasty pill that must be swallowed. So here goes...

Today, I turn 31. This is not at all where or how I pictured myself at this point in my life. I thought I'd be a strong, independent woman navigating New York with my two kids--finding the best parks and places to cool off in the summer heat. I thought I'd have my long ponytail of hair--finally grown back in after postpartum hair loss. I thought I'd feel energentic and excited to fill each day with fun activities. I thought I'd be strong and healthy after spending nearly a year weight lifting and gaining muscle. I thought I'd be meeting new people and having new experiences that only city life can offer. .
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Instead, I spend most of my days thinking about the next time I can lay down and rest. My hair is gone and even the fuzz I had left is now falling off every time I touch my head. I guess I've met some new people and had some new experiences but mostly within the four walls of the cancer center. The muscles I worked so hard to build post-baby are getting smaller and softer by the day. Instead of the energetic, independent mom I'm the mom sitting on the bench while her kids play close by. .
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The difficult thing about cancer is that it robs you of so much choice. People say I'm a fighter because I have cancer, but I didn't choose this. I'm a fighter because the alternative is dying. People say my shaved head looks good but that wasn't a style choice, I did it because it's more depressing to watch your hair come out in handfuls. People say I will get through this--and I will. But not without sacrificing my body, my self image, my idea of a "normal life," and some of the best years of my life. Because this is MY LIFE. It's not a dream or a movie or an Instagram account for fun. I am living this reality every day. .
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I guess this is just a PSA to say: I don't always have a positive spin to put on this. The reality is that I'm going to lose some of the best years of my life fighting to live. I know it will be worth it but that doesn't mean that each day isn't hard. And on days like today, it's just hitting me that my life is not what I thought it would be. I'm staring my 31st birthday down like a nasty pill that must be swallowed. So here goes...

889 185 5 July, 2019
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^The number of gruelling infusions I went thru (well, minus one that I got a pass on since my counts were too low). The first 4 were extremely rough and the last 12 [11] not as bad, but still rough in their own way. I've made it thru as my sister put it "one of the hardest things I'll ever have to go thru". Praise be to God, because without Him and the prayers of so, so many I NEVER would have made it this far. So, to all of those who have been and continue to do so, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! 😙
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A huge shout out goes to Parkview Cancer Institute! Their staff there is amazing! Always greeting you with a smile and trying their best to learn who you are. I can't say enough good things about that place! Thank you to all the nurses and staff who did their part in helping save my life! 🤗
• ::my mom:: she has been there for me since day one of life, but esp since day one of this journey. She came to every single chemo treatment (with the exception of one, that we told her she could skip 😉) and she comes to most drs appts. She orchestrated a surprise visit from some of my closest friends and family for my last treatment today! She also treated me to a custom cake that was delish!! I don't know what I would ever do without my mother. I love you, ma!! 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 •
::my co-workers:: aka my second family, because let's face it, we see each other probably more than our families most days. They have been there literally since the moment I found out on my lunch break that I had cancer and they have continued to be there for me every step of the way. I left them hanging for almost 2 months and they never once complained about it (at least not to my face 😁). Thank you all so much for your continued love and support. I truly am blessed by great people around me even at work. 💜
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Next step is vacation in a few weeks that Brad and I are SO looking forward to. Getting out of what has become our new normal and just being able to relax and explore is so needed. Then surgery, scheduled the middle of Sept, will be next in ridding my body of what is left of the cancer.

•••••S•I•X•T•E•E•N••••• ^
^The number of gruelling infusions I went thru (well, minus one that I got a pass on since my counts were too low). The first 4 were extremely rough and the last 12 [11] not as bad, but still rough in their own way. I've made it thru as my sister put it "one of the hardest things I'll ever have to go thru". Praise be to God, because without Him and the prayers of so, so many I NEVER would have made it this far. So, to all of those who have been and continue to do so, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! 😙

A huge shout out goes to Parkview Cancer Institute! Their staff there is amazing! Always greeting you with a smile and trying their best to learn who you are. I can't say enough good things about that place! Thank you to all the nurses and staff who did their part in helping save my life! 🤗
• ::my mom:: she has been there for me since day one of life, but esp since day one of this journey. She came to every single chemo treatment (with the exception of one, that we told her she could skip 😉) and she comes to most drs appts. She orchestrated a surprise visit from some of my closest friends and family for my last treatment today! She also treated me to a custom cake that was delish!! I don't know what I would ever do without my mother. I love you, ma!! 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 •
::my co-workers:: aka my second family, because let's face it, we see each other probably more than our families most days. They have been there literally since the moment I found out on my lunch break that I had cancer and they have continued to be there for me every step of the way. I left them hanging for almost 2 months and they never once complained about it (at least not to my face 😁). Thank you all so much for your continued love and support. I truly am blessed by great people around me even at work. 💜

Next step is vacation in a few weeks that Brad and I are SO looking forward to. Getting out of what has become our new normal and just being able to relax and explore is so needed. Then surgery, scheduled the middle of Sept, will be next in ridding my body of what is left of the cancer.

271 31 15 August, 2019
First chemo infusion is in the books. It was a long day but I made it through with the help of Will and my bff Stacey. So grateful that they were there to keep me laughing and comfortable and cheer me on. It's hard to watch the chemo drip in, knowing that it's going to wreck havoc on my body. But it's my fighting chance and for that I'm grateful.
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Updates on lady parts: in addition to the mastectomy I have been strongly encouraged to have an oophrectomy (removal of the ovaries) to prevent ovarian cancer which is also caused by BRCA1. Menopause at 31 wasn't exactly the plan but I want to be here for my babies and my husband so I'll do what I have to do. We are grieving each of these "losses" in a way. It's hard to accept all the changes that are coming our way. Thanks for cheering me on. It helps. ❤️

First chemo infusion is in the books. It was a long day but I made it through with the help of Will and my bff Stacey. So grateful that they were there to keep me laughing and comfortable and cheer me on. It's hard to watch the chemo drip in, knowing that it's going to wreck havoc on my body. But it's my fighting chance and for that I'm grateful.
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Updates on lady parts: in addition to the mastectomy I have been strongly encouraged to have an oophrectomy (removal of the ovaries) to prevent ovarian cancer which is also caused by BRCA1. Menopause at 31 wasn't exactly the plan but I want to be here for my babies and my husband so I'll do what I have to do. We are grieving each of these "losses" in a way. It's hard to accept all the changes that are coming our way. Thanks for cheering me on. It helps. ❤️

515 62 13 June, 2019