How my breast cancer journey helped me support my son

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, I remember thinking that if someone in our family had to face this disease, I was glad it was me. Today, it’s not. It’s my precious baby boy. My eight-year-old son, who was five when I was diagnosed, is now facing his own cancer diagnosis. As a parent, it hurts so much to watch your child face this disease. The treatments can be so hard on the body. But Cameron is a fighter, and I know that part of the reason I went through my own battle was so that I could help him through his. A rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis In September 2016, Cameron was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue sarcoma that occurs mostly in children. He had several rounds of chemotherapy at a local hospital to shrink the tumor in his abdomen, then surgery to remove what was left of it on Dec. 16, 2016. He also had a month of proton therapy at MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center. Cameron will finish receiving his weekly doses of chemotherapy at the end of July. Cameron has handled cancer the way he handles everything else: sweetly, quietly and bravely. He is one of those people who inspires others with his strength without even realizing it. Sharing what I’ve learned from cancer As a breast cancer survivor, I have a unique perspective on a lot of what Cameron has faced, from surgery to chemotherapy and everything in between. I also know exactly how it feels emotionally to be a cancer patient. That’s why I do everything I can to help...