One of the hardest days in a cancer journey is the initial diagnosis. It’s a shock to the system, not just yours but your family and friends too. Cancer is one of those diseases that just kicks you in the gut. The chances of getting the diagnosis these days is 1 in 2. That’s a shocking amount of people in the same position as me, so I hope by sharing my journey it might help another’s.
From a young age my mother instilled the idea that no one sets our limits but us. My older brother was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and had a very rough journey through childhood with operations and more. Mum never accepted a limitation put on him by others, be that Dr, specialist, teacher or stranger. She made him feel that he could do whatever he set his mind too, and he did and more.
When I injured my neck whilst nursing, the Dr’s told me it would never heal, and my mother’s lessons kicked in again, I wouldn’t accept that limitation, I kept looking and I found my cure.
Now I find myself there again, I have been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with 5 different metastasis, my specialist has I will have to live with cancer for the rest of my life, stay on treatments for the rest of my life. I find that lesson rising again, I’ve never accepted the limitations others have put on me (or tried) and I don’t intend to now. This is what helps me on this journey, the possibilities of what I will find I am capable of and how I will get rid of this cancer inside of me.
This is my journey and I'm facing it in the best way I know how. Everyone will come at their journey form their perspective and their experiences. No one is right or wrong, we are all just doing our best. Big love to all my fellow warriors out there, whatever the illness or situation you are facing, know you are not alone!
This is general advice, if you have a medical condition please check with a professional before commencing any new treatments or lifestyle plans.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.