Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Emotional Journey


“It’s ok to not be ok all the time.”

Shauna was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer, on December 9th, 2015. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is an adventure seeker and loves the outdoors.

The Diagnosis

“December 9th, 2015. I found a lump in my breast when I was in the shower. After an ultrasound and biopsy, it was confirmed to be cancer.”

The Journey

“I was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer, and a week later my mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer (she had surgery and was given the all clear!). I had surgery three weeks later, a partial mastectomy and sentinel node dissection. That was later followed by chemo, radiation and hormone therapy.

I thought I would be happy and back to the old me right away but I fell into a deep depression. I was struggling with side effects, fatigue and body issues. I started reaching out to young adult support groups to find others who had been through what I had been through.

It’s been two years since my diagnosis and I’m still struggling with fatigue, pain and body issues. I have learned how to manage some of the effects and have gradually returned to work.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My parents, my sister and my friends. Also, I felt like my life had only started, I wasn’t willing to give it up yet.”

Biggest hindrance

“Nobody told me how hard it was going to be after cancer.”

Message to other cancer patients

“You’ve got this, and you’re not alone. Be kind and gentle with yourself.”

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