In honor of the amazing after BREAST CANCER Ambassadors, we decided to ask some important questions so that we can share their experiences to help others. Ambassador Karen Alexander.
Q: Leading a hectic life sometimes makes us forget to take care of our health. When you first felt your lump, what actions were taken at that time or did you wait it out?
A: Unfortunately, this is something I live with every day. Why didn’t I act sooner? I knew something was not right in the fall of 2015 and, of course, I had many reasons to look the other way. It was getting close to Christmas. How could I put a damper on this joyous occasion? It’s all in my mind, I am fine. I don’t have a family history of breast cancer. Two weeks after Christmas, I was on my way to my brother’s home in Florida to be of support to him. He had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Once I knew my brother was going to recover, I knew it was time to make that dreaded phone call to my Doctor. I would be in for the biggest journey of my life.
Q: Being a strong and independent woman, often we try to deal with things on our own. When you were diagnosed with breast cancer did you reach out to others for support? (from family, support groups)
A: When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was immediately invited to visit Hearth Place, a cancer support centre in Oshawa. Then, for ten months, l attended group sessions for women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer. It was very therapeutic to be with ladies who are going through the same experience as I am. We could relate on so many levels. I also had, and still have, amazing support from my family and friends. This is how I made it through my breast cancer journey.