You’re going to be OK

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Advice from survivors

Who better to guide people diagnosed with breast cancer than those who have walked the path? The following is advice for those recently diagnosed with breast cancer from women who have received the diagnosis. Submissions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Read more at www.columbian.com/news/health/breast-cancer.

Take someone with you to appointments because you only hear part of what you’re told (selective hearing), keep your sense of humor, use sunscreen during radiation, and walk if you’re able to ward off the fatigue. When you wake up one morning and breast cancer is not the first thing on your mind, you know you’re going to be OK.

— Kim Calderon of Carson.

Diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in 2009.