Diagnosed with Breast Cancer and Scared - READ THIS!

Just found out you need surgery for your Breast Cancer and you're scared, but…. It’s Not Time For That!

Getting ready for your surgery is an emotional time.  I have been there! I get it.   Do you believe that our mood affects our health? I can tell you, 100% that it does.   When we are depressed, stressed, and tired, our bodies are not at their best.  Many admit getting sick, laying around the house, and just not feeling like doing anything.  Now compare that to the person that feels strong, optimistic, and excited!   Completely different actions, emotions, and viewpoint - right? 

It is with that same comparison that I want to talk to you about something important you need to do before surgery.  Get positive!  Please know that you are going to do GREAT!  The Dr.s are so good at what they do these days.  This is a very common surgery, one that is done every day across the nation.  In fact, did you know that 1 in 8 women will face breast cancer in their lifetime?  Let’s just say we are all in good company.  This is not a surgery that comes with high risk like other surgeries.   Be clear on that in your mind.

But how you think - how you feel - before this surgery matters.  I want you to do me a huge favor - from this moment on, anytime you have a negative or scared thought, just tell yourself “It is not time for that!”  Tell yourself in your mind - “NO.  I will not think about that - it is not the time for it.”   Put off any of that negative, awful thinking.  You know what I am talking about.  What will I do if?  But what if?   I know this advice, to some, may sound … well, dumb.  But - I had 3 surgeries, and the 2nd and harder one - I was in a good place.  I was at peace.  I didn’t allow anything negative to bounce around in my mind.  I told myself it was not time for that.   No “what ifs.”  And I recovered TWICE as fast from the more difficult surgery.  Why?  Because I was not stressed out, thinking about negative garbage. I fully believe it has to do with stress hormones, and how our body responds to what we think about. 

So do me, your family, and yourself a big favor - only happy, positive thinking right now.  OK?  Deep down, I didn’t believe it would matter.  But it really did! So my advice to you is do things you love.  That means weeks, not minutes, before surgery!  I love watching animals on Facebook and IG.   They make me laugh!  I love watching huskies talk back to their masters.  I love watching baby goats jumping around and being cute.   Set up an entire account to watch the things you love.   Keep it artificially happy, upbeat, and lively.   Unfortunately, our minds are powerful little instruments.  If we feed our thinking on the things we fear, things that will make us feel bad, we honestly weaken our ability to heal more quickly.  That’s exactly what I did on my first surgery.  So I can speak from experience.  I was wrong! This is advice from your Pink Sister on what you NEED TO DO!   Even if you feel, deep inside, this is silly (believe me, I did) - trust in it.  I promise it works!   And let your family and friends know the same thing.  Send them the link to this article.  Everyone should be talking about the good after you recover.  None of this gloom and doom thinking.   Also, I strongly recommend after reading this you check on my article about Keto.  This was helpful to me after my recovery.   It has given me hope and confidence about the future, and that I can and will be well!   You can too 💖   

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  • Chadley on

    Having bilateral mastectomy on 3/30/22 thank you for this article I will stay positive and I will watch talking huskies on IG 🌸🌸🌸

  • Bev on

    Thank you Leslie for your comforting words and positive thoughts!!
    I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Estrogen positive in right breast on July 29, 2020. Due to family history of breast cancer I had to make the decision if I wanted a bilateral mastectomy. Thankfully I made the right decision, as there was cancer in the left breast as well.
    I spent many moments feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the road ahead, however as you said Leslie, positive thoughts and trying to maintain your every day activities is very important.
    I had my bilateral mastectomy in September 2020. Chemotherapy completed in January of 2021 and radiation completed in April 2021.
    I’m now on the journey of reconstruction scheduled for March 2022.
    It’s been a long road with some complications however I’m still focused on getting past this and moving on with my life.
    Leslie, I’m having the DIEP Flap procedure and I’ll have 4 drains so I need some tops that would hold the drains.
    Prayers to everyone on this journey!
    Thank you Leslie for creating these items to make the process much easier!

  • Heather on

    I will be having a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction on 2/22/22. Found out on May 11, 2021 I had cancer. Because of Covid the surgery has been put off till now. It’s overwhelming, and as it’s getting closer I’m getting more and more nervous.

  • Jodi on

    This blog post is an absolute dogsend (not a typo – heehaw). This all seems like “common sense”, but in all the hubbub, hullabaloo, and hoopla of a diagnosis, and being floored (almost feeling like falling to the floor with fear and sadness), feeling like a whirling dervish, your words, Leslie, are a calm in the storm, as cliche as that may sound. It’s kind of like my salad spinner, where I turn the handle and the stuff spins around faster and faster until seems like a blur, and then I push the button to make it stop and it does so immediately. Your words are that salad spinner button.

    I’m not letting this thing get me. I’m armed with a positive attitude, know I’m literally in excellent hands, and am thrilled that you and your wonderful products exist to provide us “1 in 8”ers with comfort.

  • Jennifer Filson on

    Hi, thank you for sharing your journey! I was just diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma a few weeks ago and am scheduled for a single mastectomy December 21st. Trying to maintain a positive attitude and so grateful my cancer was caught early.

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