My journey with Breast Cancer began with the first dawn of the year 2000. My cancer was triple negative, meaning it was aggressive, likely to spread/ recur, and difficult to treat. Although it was a poor prognosis, I never allowed that to permeate my thinking.
Throughout the entire year of 2000, we (my doctors and I, with the loving support of family and friends) took a hard line of attack… and won.
During the treatment, I lived my life as normally as possible; and after, was determined to move forward without looking back. It took me years to become comfortable with the term survivor. I did not want my identity to be tied in so tightly with the disease. Grateful, I strived to give back in all areas of my life, including raising money for causes important to me, like Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer.
But it wasn’t until I was reporting on statistics of the disease – to raise awareness, prompt people to take charge of their health, and donate- that it hit me. It was important for me to own my Survivorship; not to define me, but to provide hope and be a source of strength for those entering this fight, and to honor those who did not get to wear the title Survivor.
The by-product of surviving Breast Cancer is the proof that I am resilient and strong, and the knowledge that I can overcome any challenge put my way.
Great traits for an entrepreneur! I know what I am made of, I trust myself, and am not afraid to pave my own way! Dorri, Thank you for celebrating women recognizing their strengths within!
Blessings and good health to all!
By: Connie Bash