This year’s Yoga on the Steps was supported by over 1,100 participants! But what made the event even more inspiring were the personal stories of the powerful women who were chosen to be a part of Jennifer Schelter’s “Hero’s Journey” year-long experience. Amy Lessack was among the women who shared her story on May 15th at Yoga on the Steps. The emotional story was able to bring LBBC’s mission to Yoga on the Steps.
I never expected to be a cancer patient at 36. I never expected it would take 18 months to complete treatment. I never expected to have my cancer come back. I never expected to have both breasts and all of my reproductive organs removed by the time I was 38. I never thought the lingering effects of treatment would impact me almost every day. I never expected that I wouldn’t be married with children. My life experiences are so far from that. I never expected that surviving cancer – twice – would be my elephant in the room.
On my journey with breast cancer, I faced choices that were truly life changing:
– bilateral vs mastectomy
– what type of breasts do I want
– do I get genetically tested
– what kind of wig should I get
– when do I shave my head
I have been so so lucky to have so many phenomenal guides, mentors and angels on my journey. My parents and my sister are the very best caregivers EVER. My camp friends, friends from forever and Charlotte all made me smile and laugh every day. And I have my true guardian angels who I thank every night since being diagnosed: Bubbie and Zaddy, Aunt Frances, Aunt Betty and Laura, and more….
I love my body because it is still here and alive. It is tough and strong and puts up with a lot of poking and prodding and nuclear dye and it keeps coming back for more every day. My body looks different. It tells the story inside and out of my cancer journey and survivorship. I need to embrace it more!
What keeps me going is that I don’t want to die. I want to live! I want to be around to laugh, love, smile, travel, discover, garden, water ski, put my toes in the ocean and in the sand, and just enjoy my family and friends.
My wish for all women is that they NEVER EVER have to go through breast cancer, never know fear and that they support of each other.
I am blessed by being alive and able to enjoy life, smile and laugh every day. I am blessed to have excellent health care, great doctors, family and friends who only want the best for me. I am blessed to have a voice to share my story so that others can benefit from my journey.
I am a hero because I keep getting up in the morning and tackling the day – whatever kind of day it is – with fun and a smile because you know what? – I have the day!
I hope all of you seize each day even if it is crummy, icky, however you deem a not-so-great day.
Smile, Laugh and Love!
Amy Lessack is living WELL with metastatic breast cancer. LBBC’s programs have been instrumental in Amy’s recovery. To learn more about the next program for women living with metastatic breast cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer: Understanding Your Options, visit our website today.