Bonnie Vangalis

First post: Mar 2, 2017 Latest post: Jun 16, 2017

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place on my status. Please know that we need your positivity and support during this really challenging time... ❤️ I believe that the strength of family and friends is critical in recovery... I know that I will need your love to keep me strong. 

I do my mammograms every year...I have no family history...I am healthy and not overweight. But nonetheless, I heard the words slowly come out of the doctor's mouth. I am sad, angry, scared, determined, ashamed and strong-willed all in one body.  For those of you who know me well, I am fueled by feeling useful and helpful.... and suddenly I am neither. I feel stripped of something important but I'm really not sure what it is. I am terrified for my three girls - having to now say, "Yes, I have a history of breast cancer"... But this will not define me and it will not take over my life. A breast cancer survivor told me that I will find a blessing in all of this which I found to be absolutely absurd when she said it - but the blessing has already started. I am supported and loved by so many...important people are coming back into my life.  I need all of you to just keep me positive - that's all.  Tell me that I can do this.

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