When my mom was about 55, a blood test revealed cancer in her lymph nodes. She went in for testing and doctors discovered she had breast cancer. Doctors advised that she could have minor surgery, or, go through full radiation treatment in the hope of erradicating all cancer in her body. She went through chemotherapy and radiation treatment, her hair fell out, and she had a masectomy.
Apparently, the hair loss and fatigue accompanying treatment has a debilitating mental effect. Our support helped buoy her spirits. She fought it with dogged determination not to let it get her down. She continued to run, play tennis, and continued her post graduate theological training as much as she could. She spoke with other breast cancer survivors.
For about six months, we didn't know if she'd be able to overcome the cancer. She kept her spirits up, thinking positively that she would survive.
She's 61 now, her hair has grown back (kinky, not straight/wavy like it used to be), and her tits looked ok last time I saw her at the beach. Since the cancer, she's become an internationally recognized environmental episcopalean minister and businesswoman .. who has many productive years ahead of her. No one would guess that she's a breast cancer survivor.
Things may look grim now, but, help keep her hopes high and she will overcome it.
- no I don't have an edipus(sp)- yuck! - complex.