Michelle Pratt

First post: 3/16/2016 Latest post: 1/18/2017
Greetings!  My name is Michelle.  My first cancer (Stage 1? Breast, IDC, ER/Pr + HER -) was found at 48 years of age. Stage 1 Papillary Throid Cancer at the age of 49.  Most recently, stage 4 Pleomorphic Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (PILC) triple negative. When you first get the news of cancer you might panic.  That's normal but don't start a stampede.  Just know you will question so many things that you never questioned before. What will change in my life?  How did I get it?  Was it because of my genes, lifestyle, environment, etc....  Getting answers will be important but don't lose sight during your panic.    You can let every problem concerning this disease ruin your life or you can commit to finding ways to enjoy life more than you had before.  Upon seeing my test results, my Oncologist told me that there is only one thing I should do.  He said, "Make this the best year of your life."   You would think that is preposterous to say to a stage 4 person.  You, too, will learn how wise that motto is because all of us are going to learn how to get through suffering. Even if you have an early stage disease and/or are healthy.  We don't see things as what they are, we see things as who we are(unknown author?). A positive attitude will not stop the pain, exhaustion, fear, etc..., but it will give you a road map.  Remember, it is OK to be scared, just start sorting through this like a shepherd sorts out the lambs, goats and a few wiley coyotes.  There will be kind and caring friends, family, and medical personnel but don't be surprised if some of them end up reacting unkindly.   Even some medical folks get overwhelmed.   More than twice, I have had to stand up to medical personnel.  Every time I trusted my gut, I was blessed with better results.  God Bless!

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