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Survivors! "Going into this, I wish I had known..."

I wish I had known that you really can bring sushi, pizza or Burger King into chemo and laugh while the nurses do their work. It takes 3 hours and you need to entertain them. — Linda Tucker.

I wish I had known that battling cancer would make me an independent, strong and fearless woman. If you can tackle chemo you can do anything! — Sherri Bernier

I wish I had known that something like 75% of women who get breast cancer have none of the risk factors that are frequently talked about. It would have helped me cope a little better and not been so furious when I was diagnosed. — Dede DeRosa

I wish I had known that one quarter of all women who get breast cancer are under fifty. —

I wish I had known that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

I wish I had read the medical reports and statistics like I read my horoscope and weather reports. If I like what it says, I take it as gospel and repeat it to everyone I meet. If I don't like what it says, I shrug my shoulders and say, "Who writes this stuff, anyway?" Life and the weather are coming at you anyway and to a large degree you're gonna have to take what you get. — Judith Melchreit

I wish I had known that things really do get better. While going through the treatments, it sometimes feels as if your life will never return to "normal" and you will always feel the terrors of the treatments. It passes and life really does go on. — Christine Foster

There is ALWAYS a choice. Maybe not about what life hands you, but at least about how you are going to handle it. Sometimes you have to choose to be happy. — Towanda


"There is a line from Leonard Cohen's song "Anthem" that serves as a reminder to me when I get into that place where I'm trying to control everything and make it perfect. The line is "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." So many of us run around spackling all the cracks, trying to make everything look just right. This line helps me remember the beauty of the cracks (and the messy house and the imperfect manuscript and the too-tight jeans). It reminds me that our imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together. Imperfectly, but together."

~ In The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW

"I can handle anything that life throws at me. I may not be able to handle it well, or correctly, or gracefully, or with finesse, or expediently but I will handle it."

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."

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