Note from a Breast Cancer Survivor

Motherhood is a transformative journey, filled with moments of immense joy, profound love, and unexpected challenges. It is a role that encompasses boundless strength, unwavering dedication, and an indescribable bond with a child. Each woman's path to motherhood is unique, and every story is worth celebrating.  

In this series, we bring you an intimate collection of inspiring narratives where women from all walks of life share their personal experiences of motherhood. From the joys of pregnancy to the realities of postpartum, the triumphs and struggles of raising children, and the profound lessons learned along the way, these stories offer a glimpse into the diverse and transformative world of motherhood.

Through this series, we aim to create a space for women to connect, support, and uplift one another. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can find solace, inspiration, and empowerment. Whether you are a soon-to-be mother, a new mom navigating the early stages of parenthood, or a seasoned parent, we hope these stories resonate with you, reminding you that you are not alone  on this beautiful yet challenging journey. 

It’s been several years ago, but it is still so fresh in my mind, as traumatic experiences often are. My kids were 4 and 7. I had had a “clean” routine mammogram four months prior. I thought I didn’t have anything to worry about, but I found a lump in one of my breasts. After an incredible amount of stress and multiple procedures, it was discovered to be cancer. I was terrified – how could this be? I led a healthy lifestyle, ate well, employed natural medicine, and had been teaching yoga for years! But here I was – scared of my kids growing up without their mother, afraid my husband would have to raise them on his own, and petrified of what my body would go through in treatment.
Immediately I was flung into the foreign and uncomfortable world of Western medicine. I dove into my yoga practice to support my nervous system as I withstood chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries. Along the way, I was wrapped in the love of my family, friends, and community. Local
organizations like Wonders and Worries and the Breast Cancer Resource Center helped so much as I navigated all the uncertainty. I learned as much as I could about complementary medicine, finding supportive healers such as yogis, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and therapists.
After one full year, the aggressive treatments stopped. I thank my lucky stars everyday that I am alive! I hug longer and love deeper. I have so much gratitude for everyone and everything that got me through that incredibly difficult time. I continue to make daily choices that support my wellness. I know I don’t have control over every single thing, but I rest in the knowledge that I am doing everything in my control to ensure that I get to be here for my family!
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let my story serve as a reminder to make sure you are doing your breast self exams. Catching it early saves lives!

Xo, Sarah. Breast Cancer Survivor