During the past year, I've created a book while dealing with my
diagnosis of breast cancer. This book deals with different aspects
of my journey as a cancer survivor and has been tremendously
therapeutic for my emotional healing. It began as a way to give a
voice to my suppressed anger -- an anger that was clearly
interfering with my quality of life and my ability to heal. As the
book developed, it took on a life of its own. It slowly moved away
from my personal journey and toward the stories of other women
fighting breast cancer.
As I found my own voice, I came to realize that these women also
needed a voice, and I knew I could validate a small part of
theirjourney too. By documenting their journey, I came to see the
quiet beauty and strength of these women, which in turn helped me to
feel less wounded. This allowed me to see that I, too, might be
beautiful, even though I had spent my survivorship feeling
irreparably damaged and ashamed.
Now I move forward, grateful to lose my anger while learning to
heal, thanks to the women who shared their vulnerability with me. I
told a small piece of their stories but they have changed my own.