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.
To read Jaime’s previous entries, enter “Jaime Rossano” in the search box on this site.
As the holidays approach I am reminded that last year was not a great one for me. Christmas came about two or so weeks after my mastectomy and how can you really celebrate the holidays knowing you are battling cancer? But this Christmas, I feel better than ever. Although I had surgery a few weeks ago, I feel pretty good. This year I have made up for missing out on so much last year. My hope for the new year is that I remain healthy. So far things are starting off wonderful and I hope that it continues in that direction.
Well I have to say coming up on a year since I began blogging is a bitter sweet ending. I am so excited that I have made it through this past year but also it is a reminder I need to move forward in my journey. I have traveled down many roads during this journey and have met some amazing people. I have accomplished so much and I feel like I can conquer anything that comes my way.
This entry will conclude my year-long blog series, and I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my blogs. When I was first approached to participate in this amazing initiative, I have to admit I was a little nervous. I have a habit of always being honest and I wasn’t sure if my honesty and blogging was going to work together. I promised myself that I was not going to sugarcoat anything. If I was having a bad day you were going to know I was having a bad day.
I wanted to make sure that I was the voice for those who did not have a voice. I have to say I feel that I shared that with you. I made sure I let each and every one of you into my life through my writing. I have used my writing as an outlet to help others who are going through the same situation or similar situations that I have been in. I have had great days and really bad days but I wanted to share them with you. I wanted to share the happy moments, the scary moments and even the sad and bad moments. You have allowed me to become a stronger woman just by allowing me to blog my innermost thoughts and feelings. Over the past year I have learned things about myself that I would never have learned if I had not gone through this experience.
For those of you who supported me by commenting on my blogs, I thank you. You just reassured me that I was not the only one feeling or going through certain challenges. As a community of cancer patients, young and old, we need the support of each other to fight the battle. We are never alone. There is always someone out there who knows how you feel.
Thank you LBBC and followers for your support. You haven’t seen the last of me.
What impact has Jaime’s blogging series had on your personal breast cancer journey, whether you’re newly diagnosed or living beyond breast cancer? Comment here or on our Facebook page.