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Did You Just Say “Breast Cancer”?

Shock"Although we still need to run some tests, I think it is clear to all of us that we are dealing with breast cancer."

These words came from a man I barely knew, whom I had met just an hour before these words were spoken. This man is my breast cancer doctor. His words shattered my confidence and belief in my own ability to live forever. In a single moment, my life flashed in front of me, my plans for the future were called into question, and the happiness I had begun my day with was suddenly and completely overshadowed by these terrifying words.

Who am I, and why am I telling you my story?

My name is Sylvie. I am an ordinary 36 year old Canadian woman. I am the mother of three teenagers. I own my own business and my home is my office. After 12 years of being a single mom, I am getting married in a few days, to the man who is my soulmate, The One I have been waiting for my entire life. Until today, my future was bright and full of incredible promise. And now, I face an uncertain and frightening future.

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer

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How Do I Tell My Family?

Talk FamilyI’m getting married on Sunday, and I still don’t know whether or not I should tell my family and friends about my early diagnosis of breast cancer. After all, the doctor hasn’t done all the tests yet, and it might not be breast cancer after all. A girl can hope, can’t she?

Questions flood my mind in the moments between tears. Dammit! I don’t have time for tears! I have a wedding to prepare for.

My fiancee and I talk about how to handle this. We decide we don’t want to tell anyone just yet. After all, we want tears of joy at our wedding, not tears of sorrow. We don’t want people crying over how “tragic” this is, on the happiest day of our lives.

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You and Me and…Oh Right, No Baby

BabyGetting ready for our upcoming nuptuals means running around like a lunatic at the last minute. We are so busy handling all the last minute details that we barely have time to breathe, let alone think about what we’re “going through”.

In the midst of all the wedding errands, we got a bit of reprieve when we picked up the best man at the airport. Craig is one of our very best friends, and he is one of the few we decided we were ready to tell about this “issue”. The main reason we felt Craig should be one of the first to know is because he is one of those incredibly shiny people who seems to stay strong and happy no matter what is happening around him. He’s a rare gem, a man who can actually handle hearing about this without falling apart or succumbing to “oh, you poor thing” thinking.

Michel and Craig are best friends, and Michel needs a shoulder to lean on right now. Craig not only won the job of best man, he also won the job of best shoulder to lean on.

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Side Effects Of Telling The World

Talk bubblesOn August 30th, Michel (a passionate copywriter) used his blog to tell the world about our condition. His post spoke eloquently and elegantly of what we are going through, at a time when I would not have been able to put this into words.

I have always admired his ability to write from the heart. It’s what makes him such an amazing copywriter, and it is one of the very first things I knew about him that made me fall in love with him.

I also knew that he needed to do this. He needed to express himself the one way he knew how. He needed to pour out his tears in words, and tears of my own fell while I read it. I’m certain many others cried when reading it as well.

And as the comments began to come in, I was utterly amazed at how many people were listening and cared about us.

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Help Fund Free Mammograms

The Breast Cancer SiteI have a special request for all of you. You can help fund free mammograms for special needs women who cannot afford the high cost of mammograms in the US. The Breast Cancer Site has a long running program to help defray the costs of these mammograms, and it is completely free to participate.

Please bookmark their site and click on the button each day. It costs nothing to click and 100% of the sponsor funds goes to where it can help the most.

Not everyone is as fortunate as I was, and if we can help others with early detection, it will help save lives. Click on the button above to go to TheBreastCancerSite.com and remember to click every day.

Thank you!


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