As I look back, I believe what really helped me the most in coming to grips with this horrific diagnosis was to do things that made me feel as if I had some control.
I talked to every survivor that I could find. I started using a cancer nutritionist (and I still work with her today) and changed my diet to organic foods. I had acupuncture treatments during the time I had chemotherapy, and I had regular massages. I listened to relaxation and mind imaging tapes at night. I also trusted and had confidence in my excellent oncologist.
Along with these things I continued to exercise throughout my treatment. Feeling normal in a very not normal situation was so important to me. More than anything, the love and support of my family and all my wonderful friends got me through that time.
— Joleen Skarberg of Vancouver.
Diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer 10 years ago.