S IS FOR SUPPORT. Support is the assistance we all rely on. It is the spouse who greets you at the end of the day, the friend who is there to hear you gripe, and the colleague who is there to cover you when you are unable to keep a commitment. Support spans the emotional, physical, and structural domains and, as I’ve learned, is individually defined and situationally dependent.

S IS FOR SUPPORT. Support is the assistance we all rely on. It is the spouse who greets you at the end of the day, the friend who is there to hear you gripe, and the colleague who is there to cover you when you are unable to keep a commitment. Support spans the emotional, physical, and structural domains and, as I’ve learned, is individually defined and situationally dependent.





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B IS FOR BATTLING. I don’t think of myself as a fighter … I really don’t like thinking about or talking about cancer in terms of battling or fighting because that’s just not how I experience it. I think I’ll just keep trying to outwit cancer and whatever happens not allow it to own me. 
 
 

B IS FOR BATTLING. I don’t think of myself as a fighter … I really don’t like thinking about or talking about cancer in terms of battling or fighting because that’s just not how I experience it. I think I’ll just keep trying to outwit cancer and whatever happens not allow it to own me.

 

 


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F IS FOR FAMILY. Family is complicated. It is intense. And it offers the world’s greatest joys and greatest hardships. For me, my little core family is at the center of everything. Nothing is more important.

F IS FOR FAMILY. Family is complicated. It is intense. And it offers the world’s greatest joys and greatest hardships. For me, my little core family is at the center of everything. Nothing is more important.


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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

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

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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