Hello there! I’m Mikaela, and I am going to share my story. First of all, if you are reading this because someone you love has or had cancer, my prayers are with you.
March of 2015, the ambulance took my mom, Anne, to the hospital because she had severe abdominal pain. There she was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer. She had a major hysterectomy while at the hospital, and afterwards she received chemotherapy treatments every Friday for 18 weeks.
For me, the initial shock was the hardest part. Coping is different for everyone, but I’d definitely recommend calling someone you are close with. That’s what I did. I called some of my close friends, and told them the news and also my feelings towards the situation. I think that was a release for me.
On that note, having a support network is important. As cliche as it sounds, it really does make a difference. Each case affects people’s lifestyles differently, but try to keep a routine, or a sense of normalcy, even if it as simple as making a home cooked meal once a week.
I wish I could say more, but my mother’s case was lucky. It was only stage 1, and my mom is cancer free as of right now. As crazy as this sounds, I feel blessed to have had the experience because of the level of family and friends who reached out to my family when we were in need. I think the biggest factor in dealing with cancer is 1. Keeping a positive attitude and 2. surrounding yourself with supportive family/friends.
Hope this helped you and God bless!