"At 37 years old, I am hopeful that life after breast cancer will bring the best chapters of my life."
Monique Counseling Client
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 6, 2016. It was rough and scary. During my journey, I realized I needed additional support. Often times, breast cancer can be misunderstood or marginalized. Although my friends and family were supportive they did not realize I was struggling. It was important to develop an outside system of people familiar with breast cancer who could empathize because they walked where I have walked.
Erin Nau, of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program has been integral part in helping navigate the different stages of breast cancer. Erin is a part of my tribe; she and I have weekly appointments to check in. I have also utilized the breast cancer hotline to speak to women who have been through a similar journey.
In addition, I participated in a support group facilitated by Erin. In my first group, there were three women that all had the same type of cancer. It was very helpful to see that they had made it past the different stages of treatment. They encouraged me and really listened because they had a similar experience.
I leaned on Erin because the different phases of treatment bring on anxiety. I had lot of questions and she was able to answer them and put my mind at ease. Erin, the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline, and the support group have helped me and I have remained consistent and hopeful.
I have completed chemo and surgery and am now undergoing radiation. At 37 years old, I am hopeful that life after breast cancer will bring the best chapters of my life.
From the bottom of my heart -- thank you to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program.
Thank you for your continued support.