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Mom With a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my husband was working and we had two small kids that needed to be taken care of. Since the kids were only three years old and one year old at the time of my diagnosis, we knew we would need some outside help.
Because my cancer was aggressive, I had to have a bilateral mastectomy along with four rounds of chemotherapy. One of those alone is exhausting, but having both surgery and chemo was sure to knock me out of commission for a while.
Because I was not able to manage all of my duties, my husband had the added responsibility of caring for me along with all of the people and things I typically handled. We were quite overwhelmed.
Luckily, we had many friends and family members that offered to help. Unfortunately, even this was overwhelming. It was hard for us to manage, connect and organize everything that needed to be done.
Here is a video of my husband shaving my hair after I started losing it from the chemo.
Tools for Cancer Patients and Caregivers
Since this was in 2009, we did not have some of the tools available that cancer survivors and caregivers have presently. Now, Pfizer provides This Is Living With Cancer™, a national awareness program that includes a free mobile app for anyone living with cancer called LivingWith™, designed to help manage some of the daily challenges faced by people living with cancer.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.