I provided my picture and a quote for a www.breastcancer.org campaign. Here is information about breastcancer.org from the website:
“Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Our mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.”
This site provides valuable, researched information to us throughout this journey.
A breast cancer woman’s body undergoes many changes. The scars, though fading, show the surgeries almost like a roadmap. Treatments affect the nails, skin, eyes, hair, and every internal and external part of the body.
For over a year, I have looked in the mirror wondering when I would look like myself again. I believe if a stranger saw a picture of me pre June 2016 and today, they would not believe I was the same woman. I do not see who I was.
When asked to provide a picture for the campaign, I finally realized there is no going back to how I used to look. This now is how I look and the changes I have undertaken will go with me into the future.
The strange thing about this is that I really like my curly silver and black hair. I am happy with the texture and ease of styling. As Richard reminds me, I get a lot more compliments from strangers on my hair today than I ever did before. I wish I had thought about this look. What I struggled with is that I did not see me making the decision for this look; rather, the chemicals made this change.
I changed my profile picture on Facebook. Overwhelmingly, people poured support and love. The only person holding me captive to the past was me.
It is past time to accept and move forward.
What are you clinging to in your past that halts your acceptance of where you are today?
How are you holding your followers prisoners to the past?