Want to write but don't know where to begin?

If you would like to write but don't know where to begin, here are a few suggestions that you might be interested in...

A letter to my body
You might want to consider writing a letter to your body. This can be a very powerful thing to do after a breast cancer diagnosis. There are a number of examples on the Breast Cancer Care website. You can write a letter to your body before, during or after breast cancer treatment. (And of course, you could write more than one letter to your body - you might discover you have different feelings at different times.)

I am not my cancer
After I was diagnosed I came across this post by Kayla Redig titled "I am not my nipples". It resonated with me and I immediately sat down to write my own "I am not my cancer" post. Once you've had a breast cancer diagnosis, it can at times feel like cancer has taken over everything - who you are, what you do, what you talk about etc. It's good to remind yourself who you are - because you are not your cancer.

Write about an emotion
For example, describe your:
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Excitement
  • Love
You could start your post with the sentence "I feel _______ because..." Describe what you are thinking, and what you are feeling. What is running through your head? What is it physically like to experience this emotion?

What kind of experience is breast cancer for you?
People think about breast cancer in very different ways - it is commonly described as a fight, or a rollercoaster, or a journey. Do any of these descriptions fit for you? Why/Why not? Is there a description that you feel is more right for your experience?

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