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Around Christmas time in 2010, we were happily expecting our dear Stella when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, I have had 2 surgeries, 4 sessions of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. Fortunately, the cancer was caught early. I was told that I had Stage 1 breast cancer but because of my "young" age, my doctors wanted to treat the cancer aggressively. I completed chemo on May 30, 2011 and radiation on Aug 15. I am presently on hormone pills which I will be taking for 4 and a half more years. At the moment, I am well but my body is still recovering from all the stress of the operations and the side effects of my treatment.
After being a broadcast journalist and a documentarian for the last 14 years, I admit I am not exempt from the cynicism that accompanies the job. Covering the same problems we never seem to learn from, over and over again, can do that you.
Ironically, it was another bad news, called cancer , that snapped me out of my cynicsm.
Cancer is such a frightening word.
In the presence of my cousin Timmy or classmate Julie, who was afflicted with it, I recall being squeamish just even hearing about it. I remember my constant silent prayers to the Lord, "Please don't give me cancer. I don't think I can cope." But in the second week of July 2005 when I woke up from the recovery room with just a breast, I realized, and had to accept, I had cancer.