S is for Strong

After surviving breast cancer for 15 years, my mom was diagnosed again with a metastatic cancer. She kept her faith. She fought like a lion. She never gave up. She loved life, and wanted to see her grandson grow up. Unfortunately, she lost her battle after 8 long months fighting like the bravest warrior. It was a very unfair war, as the cure was not entirely within her span of control. But the smile never left her lips, even during her most difficult moments. She was strong.

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K IS FOR KINDNESS. A breast cancer diagnosis turns your world upside down.  Since then, so many people have shown me kindness and given me support.  My life is much better because of those kind people.  Thank you so much!

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T IS FOR TALISMAN. My daughter’s painting and healing rocks from friends were with me for every chemo session.

T IS FOR TALISMAN. My daughter’s painting and healing rocks from friends were with me for every chemo session.


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G IS FOR GRATITUDE. For all the care, support, and encouragement I received on my journey. For early diagnosis. For women who have fought the fight before me and shared their wisdom. For my amazingly supportive family and friends. For the ability to enjoy Life. For my incredible medical team of doctors, nurses, social worker, receptionist, volunteers and for the many people who I met along the way. For the ability to feel God’s presence when I was scared. For my mother who was with me every step of the way. For my wonderful husband and children who I love beyond words.

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S IS FOR SURPRISES. Our whole family was constantly surprised throughout the process: from the initial diagnosis, to the road bumps in between, to the fact that she’s now…totally fine. And life is that way too. Our mom has been surprising us since day one.

S IS FOR SURPRISES. Our whole family was constantly surprised throughout the process: from the initial diagnosis, to the road bumps in between, to the fact that she’s now…totally fine. And life is that way too. Our mom has been surprising us since day one.


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K IS FOR KIDS—Their ability to handle life’s curve balls shines through, especially when you least expect it.  This cancer mom is grateful for that.

K IS FOR KIDS—Their ability to handle life’s curve balls shines through, especially when you least expect it.  This cancer mom is grateful for that.


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'S' is for Stool Softeners

You’re going to need them. Buy them. Or, better yet, make your husband buy them.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 18, 2013. Since that time, I have been chronicling life with the disease at http://yourbolderswedish.tumblr.com and CancerDiva.net. Through the heartbreak and fear, humor has helped me come to terms with breast cancer. 

Kelley King ~aka Cancer Diva

Superior, CO.

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‘F’ is for Fully Naked

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, prepare to stand before a cadre of medical professionals — at a moment’s notice — fully naked. Don’t be alarmed. These people have seen breasts, tumors and scars before. Still, they are judging you. Oh yes.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 18, 2013. Since that time, I have been chronicling life with the disease at http://yourbolderswedish.tumblr.com and CancerDiva.net. Through the heartbreak and fear, humor has helped me come to terms with breast cancer. 

Kelley King ~aka Cancer Diva

Superior, CO.

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L IS FOR LYMPHATIC MASSAGE. I wish someone had told me about this immediately post surgery, but I have discovered it now after a final outpatient procedure and it is amazing. Google it, but basically it is a very gentle form of massage that it is intended for post surgical and sick patients. It helps the lymph system drain the fluid from swelling (among other things) and it really helps with edema. As a result it accelerates your healing and helps with any drainage problems you have.

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P IS FOR PAIN. The intensity of pain post-mastectomy and reconstruction… no one fully reveals or even wants to acknowledge.

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