For our October contest, I asked the Pink-Link members to describe their most important type of support. Here are some of their responses.
My most important support before, during & after treatment has always been my husband. He never made me feel like I was fighting alone. I wish I could do more to show my appreciation. I’m one lucky lady! Heather P., Pink-Link member
MY most important source of strength through BOTH of my BC journeys?? GOD!!! period. HE is how i felt strength, hope, a safe haven and how i just “knew” HE would carry me through!! Amy P., Pink-Link member
My most helpful means of support is a local support group called Encore that is held at my local YWCA. At first I did not want to go to a support group, I felt ugly, weird, and afraid. I did not want other people to see me, sick hurting and depressed, but my daughter insisted I give it a try. So I went and the woman running the group saw me walk in, she just walked up to me and gave me a hug and told me welcome. I found out from the group of woman that there is hope, and accepting, but most important I found love, support friends, that all understand my feeling, fears and take me for who I am. I love my support group, with them I fought breast cancer 2 times in 4 years, now that I am out of the treatment part of treatment I hope to help and encourage others to keep up the fight. Sherry, Pink-Link member
My most incredible 25 year old son has been my greatest support. 5 years ago he watched his father die of lung cancer and thank goodness my breast cancer was caught so early that my survival rate is extremely high. He went with me to the surgeon’s appointment before the surgery, stayed with me through my 11 hour day at the hospital and is going with me to my post op appointment. Sharyn Y., Pink-Link member
My most important source of support was good friends, some fellow survivors and others who were not. People who I felt comfortable sharing my reality with (not putting on the happy face and claiming all was well) and who made me comfortable asking for help. They checked in on me frequently, were happy to drive me to and from treatments an hour away, always asked what I needed and offered or brought what they thought might help. They were my angels and continue to be as I continue my treatment (for my current 2nd diagnosis). God bless all who have or are fighting this battle. Nina K., Pink-Link member
The most important source of support i had while going through breast cancer treatment 5 years ago in 2008 was from my 4 kids. Particularly my youngest daughter ..who at the time had just turned 10 when i found out i had cancer. I had been grappling for days of when to tell my youngest daughter when my chemo would start..she had been through enough with me already with the 2 surgeries already..and that was hard for her to see when mom was in pain. I told her on a day out in the pool at my parents house..and i told her it was the kind that was going to make my hair fall out and that i would have none for a while. She was devastated for me..she knew that for girls…and women..hair was beauty..she cried and cried…and i just held her and i told her it would be ok. Little did she know ..that day she was such a strength for me..that love was overwhelming that day. She stayed strong with me through it all as did all the kids did as i went through the cancer ..they even walked the breast cancer walk in our community with me as did my husband. My kids helped me more than they knew. Amber T., Pink-Link member
What is your most important type of support?