This entry was written by Jaime Rossano. Jaime was diagnosed with 2B invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Jaime is a college student pursuing a degree in Humanities and Social Science. Every other Friday, Jaime will share a blog entry about her breast cancer experience. This year-long blog series is in honor of LBBC’s 20th anniversary.
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My journey through radiation has finally come to a close. I finished on August 10th. It felt great but also scary at the same time. I started back to work just one day a week to get my feet wet and get reacquainted with society. It’s tough. I still feel like people look at me and say “that’s the girl who had cancer.” But at least they can say “HAD” cancer. I have had so many more emotions this week and I should be celebrating but I can’t yet. I don’t know what I am waiting for. I have been on an emotional roller coaster and I’m ready for it to stop. I know I’m going to have good days and bad days but yet again the bad days are piling up. I’m hanging in there because the best is yet to come.
Through my entire journey I have been touched by so many people: doctors, techs, nurses, other patients, and most of all, other survivors. I have had amazing support through many women who today can call themselves survivors. They have helped me and guided me step by step. Whenever I was afraid, sad, or scared they were there to tell me it was okay. Diane, who has been my guardian angel through this process, is amazing. She checks up on me almost everyday. She understands when I tell her I’m scared. She just gives me a sense of relief that things will be okay. She has no idea how important to me she is. I don’t think I can ever repay her for all that she has done but what I can do is help others like she has helped me.
I am sure most of you have seen or heard of the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In the movie, the group of girlfriends all share the same pair of pants as they travel around the world. Similarly, I am getting ready to start a journey using my hugwrap. I have a hugwrap which is a customized patient gown donated from Hugwraps.com. Brenda Jones, who is also a breast cancer survivor, realized how uncomfortable patient gowns are and came up with this amazing idea called hugwraps. It is a komodo style patient gown. I have worn mine everyday to my radiation treatments. Not only was it easier to put on and take off, everyone loved it because it was purple with butterflies.
One of my friends that I met along the breast cancer journey, Deb, will begin her radiation treatments in September. I am putting together a notebook with a short version of my story, my picture, a letter to Deb and I’m going to mail it to her with my hugwrap. What I am hoping will happen is that she will meet someone just as special as she is somewhere through her journey and pass it on with the notebook. I am hoping when the notebook gets full it will be mailed back to me and I can read about all these other amazing women’s journeys.
Who knows? Maybe I can publish it…
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