Trust Your Intuition

photoAs I sit and reflect a moment, what if I ignored my intuition? I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 when I discovered a tender and sore lump in my breast.  I was seen immediately by my gynecologist and was told it was nothing; however, a mammogram and ultrasound was a necessary follow up.  Both tests appeared negative with no suspicious tissue. I was instructed to follow up with those tests every 6 months. Although I was thrilled with the diagnosis, I continued to experience an unsettling feeling deep in my soul.  I proceeded to follow up with no obvious signs of breast cancer.  I was told repeatedly, the tenderness and soreness was not a symptom; but it continued to tug at my very being.  Could it be my chronic Lyme disease, or perhaps, I becoming a hypochondriac!

The days passed into months and months into years with repeated tests and exams. At this point, I decided to visit another breast surgeon for a second opinion. On one hand, my intuition was guiding me into an unknown territory filled with fear and anxiety, and on the other hand; I was determined to get to the bottom of this.  Hence, I left the breast surgeon’s office with an MRI prescription in hand. I received a call soon after notifying me of an abnormality that needed a biopsy. Now, I most certainly, was going to listen to the inner voice and made an oncology appointment.  I was diagnosed with ductile carcinoma that had traveled throughout my breast tissue; and a mastectomy was recommended. It was a long journey with many ups and downs.  My diagnosis required four treatments of chemotherapy. The loss of my hair proved to be one of the most difficult consequences. It was a challenging journey and one that requires hope, faith, determination, love and family support. People go through challenging moments, but they get through it.  This is clearly a testament to the human spirit; we are fragile but we also are divine.

It’s hard to believe that this past February was my 5- year anniversary of living a cancer free life.  Being positive, strong, determined and accepting the love and support of my family and friends was a key factor in this battle.  Those moments of camaraderie gave me a reason to get up every day and take one day at a time.  I feel blessed and fortunate to be one of the many breast cancer survivors.

 

By: Janet Muller

 

Comments

  1. Thank you Janet for a story all women need to hear. Your courage is incomparable and I thank you for sharing such a personal story with the world. Take pride n how many women you will inspire and empower with your words.

    • Congratulations on your brave journey. Thank you for the inspiring story.

    • I am thrilled to be able to share my personal story with your blog and look forward to empowering women to listen to their intuition and as well be inspired by you and other contributors; as we have this innate ability to inspire each other.

  2. Jamie Delaney says:

    Thank you for sharing Janet. I’m so thrilled for your continued good health during the last 5 years. God bless. xox

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