Susan's Story


Broken…My journey began January 2012. As a single parent with two children still in school. I knew I had to be strong, if only on the outside. I had surgery in February followed by chemo that ended late summer. I was on a mission to get it all finished by Christmas. I started radiation in the fall and finish right before Thanksgiving. During my treatment support from family friends and my faith got me through the tough days. But once the treatment ends and your recovery begins things change. Because you appear on the outside to be OK, everyone expects you to return to normal. But what is normal??? The chemo has taken you so far down a path of
weakness, you fight everyday to gain the inner strength you fear has left forever. Then the quarterly mammograms begin and you are on a roller coaster of different emotions. Lymphedema is feared and then becomes a part of your day to day life.

What CORE has done for me is given me HOPE…. Hope that one day I might be the person I once was, Whole!!

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