Breast cancer treatment revealed courage I never knew I had

Before I started breast cancer treatment at age 35, I had all sorts of ideas about how difficult my life was about to get. In a way, I was right. Cancer brought so many challenges, but to my surprise, it also unveiled a courageous side of me that I never knew I had. I had my initial consultation at MD Anderson in The Woodlands in May 2015. That day, I found out that I’d lose my hair, and depending on my decision, my breasts, too. At the time, I dreaded even the thought of dealing with those very visible side effects. Hair loss during my breast cancer treatment Two months into my chemotherapy regimen, I started to notice the hair loss. At first, it was hard to accept it was actually happening. After I woke up one day and found my pillow covered with hair, I called my mother, who’s a beautician, and asked her to bring home her clippers so that she could cut off my hair. When I arrived at my parents’ house that evening, she my and dad greeted me with shaved heads. I was so overwhelmed by their support that I decided to embrace my baldness, too. Coping with my mastectomy Then in November 2015, I underwent a mastectomy of my left breast. My breast surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth FitzSullivan, wrote me a prosthesis prescription so that I didn’t have to walk around with one breast until my breast reconstruction surgery. I went shopping for a prosthesis, but everything was out of my price range. At that moment, I decided not to purchase a prosthesis and...