Hi! For my first blog post, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I have lived in San Francisco, Wellington, New Zealand, and currently Portland, Oregon. I’m both indoorsy and outdoorsy - equally happy with a book and cup of tea or out hiking or snowshoeing. I found out I had breast cancer at 30 years old in the summer of 2019. My cancer doesn’t define me but it did change my life forever. I was diagnosed after feeling a lump in my breast and immediately plunged into a world of surgery, egg freezing, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. I am immensely grateful for the outstanding medical care I have received, however I also found myself fairly shocked at the lack of psychological and emotional support offered. As a natural worrier, I knew I was not going to get through this journey without that support and sought it out through a myriad of ways (a therapist, the support of friends & family, journaling, visualization, exercise, etc). One of the biggest challenges of having cancer so young was also the feeling of isolation - I didn't know of anyone else my age with cancer and often people would relate to my diagnosis through much older women or grandparents. This blog is a way for me to share my journey and some of what helped me through this marathon of treatment in hopes that it can help others. I hope it will provide other young women with breast cancer (or any cancer) a place where you feel seen, understood, and less alone in your journey.
Cover photo at the top of Avalanche Peak, South Island, New Zealand.