Symptoms & Diagnosis
Hello, my name is Madhura Bale. I am a breast cancer survivor. I am also a member of Anuradha Saxena’s “Sangini” Group. Ten years back, I had pain in my left breast. I underwent some tests after the doctor’s suggestion, and breast cancer was detected. I underwent surgery and six cycles of chemotherapy as a part of the treatment.
I used to feel uncomfortable doing everyday things like walking, bathing or even dressing up while having chemo sessions. Also, it was difficult for me to perform household chores because of the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue.
It was a tough phase in my life when I discovered that I have cancer. It took me around one year to recover from this disease and get normal again. And now I am happy that I am fit enough to lead a normal life. What are some common symptoms associated with breast cancer? Breast lumps or thickening. Redness or dimpling of the skin overlying lumps or thickening. Nipple discharge other than during breastfeeding. Pain in one breast or underarm area. Swollen lymph nodes in armpits or beneath collarbones
Side Effects & Challenges
Breast cancer is a tough disease to face. I’m happy to say that it’s been more than a year since my last chemo treatment and I’m doing well. But it was a long road to get here.
When you’re facing something like breast cancer, it can feel like you’re all alone in the fight. And for me, that was really true! I was diagnosed with breast cancer alone—no one else in my family had ever had it before. And then, as soon as my diagnosis came back positive, everyone around me seemed to disappear. They were scared of getting sick themselves and didn’t know what to say or do, so they just avoided the topic completely, except the doctors and my family.
It’s hard not having anyone there for me when things got rough—and believe me when I tell you things did get rough! Some days were really tough because of side effects from treatment (like fatigue or nausea), but other times were difficult because of challenges with the people (like when they didn’t understand why I wasn’t comfortable talking about my treatment plan yet).
But despite these challenges… I kept fighting! It sounds cheesy but it’s true: one day at a time, one moment at a time… fighting breast!
Support System & Caregiver
I had a very positive experience during my chemotherapy and other treatments. My family, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff were all very supportive. They made sure I felt like I was at home by checking on me regularly and making sure that my room had everything I needed. I remember feeling very comfortable in the hospital environment because of their help and support, which helped me get through this difficult time. Being diagnosed with cancer is a difficult experience. It takes time to adjust to your new normal, but there are ways to make it easier.
Make sure you have the right support system in place. The people in your life can be the difference between going through treatment and getting through it. They’ll help you feel like yourself again, even when you don’t feel like yourself. A lot of people might not understand what it feels like to be diagnosed with cancer, so they’ll probably say things that don’t help at all (or even hurt). Your family and friends will be there for you no matter what, but if someone else says something that’s truly offensive or insensitive, tell them why it’s not helpful for you to hear that kind of thing right now—and ask them to stop saying it! If you’re having trouble with anything related to your diagnosis or treatment plan, talk about it! Doctors are there for a reason: they want to make sure the treatment works for each patient individually so that everyone has the best chance at living well after treatment ends!
Post Cancer & Future Goal
Post cancer, my intentions are right now to pay attention to my body needs. I don’t want to take things lightly when it comes to my health. As far as my future goal is concerned, I would like to go with the flow and how life brings everything to me. Ultimately, as a cancer survivor, I want to spend quality time with my family and friends.
Life has always been about making choices and decisions in life. Whether it is for good or bad, the outcome will always be different from what you have expected it to be. That is why it is necessary for us to always live our lives in accordance with what we believe in and where we are headed towards.
I have a lot of dreams that I want to accomplish in life but most of them will never come true if I don’t work hard for them. It is important for me not only for me but also for those who are closely related with me that they can share their dreams with me as well so that we could work together towards achieving them one day at a time! In fact, sometimes even if they fail, they can still be proud of themselves because they tried their best!
Cancer has changed my life in many ways. The most important one is that it has taught me how to listen to my body, and how important it is to take care of it. I want to live life with a healthy mind and body, and I am grateful for the past few months of being cancer-free.
Some Lessons That I Learned
When I got diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt like my life was over. I didn’t know what to do and how to cope up with this situation. I researched online and found out that there are thousands of people who have been through the same situation as me. They were able to beat the cancer and live a healthy life. I learned that there are some lessons that you need to learn when fighting with cancer. These lessons will help you overcome your fear and depression during these hard times. Here are some of them: You don’t have to beat cancer overnight. We need patience in order to observe success over time. That’s the key which helped me beat breast cancer! Always remember not to panic since disturbed mindset won’t bring value to your life. Stay calm, breathe deeply and focus on positive thoughts as much as possible!
When I got diagnosed with breast cancer, I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do, where to start, or how to go about it. Luckily, my doctor gave me some advice that helped me get through this tough time.
I learned that the best thing you can do is take it one step at a time. Don’t worry about the big picture—just focus on what you have to do right now, and don’t forget: everyone’s journey is different! You can’t compare yourself with anyone else, because everyone has their own perspective on life and experiences they’ve had that may not be the same as yours. As long as you’re doing your best, everything will work out just fine!
My doctor also taught me that it’s important not to panic during times like these—it won’t help anything if you’re worrying 24/7 about your health! Instead of focusing on your fears, try thinking positively about what could happen next instead of dwelling on things that might never come true anyway (like getting better).