In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to offer additional resources that were phenomenal for me during my post-op journey. I remembered googling at a feverish speed, everything I could find from women who shared THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN before my mastectomy. I didn’t want the horror stories. I didn’t want to be scared. I wanted to be prepared.
The I See You® Candle Blog
Today’s I See You® blog features Nikki Speer, founder of the non-profit Redefined Courage. We all know social media has mixed emotions associated with it, but Nikki is one of the blessings we met through Instagram. When I (Ashley) was researching what I would need for my bilateral mastectomy I came across Nikki’s page for Redefined Courage. Redefined Courage provides women going through mastectomy with a FREE Post Op Mastectomy Shirt!
Everything changed when the call came in at 3:40pm on September 7, 2018, to tell me that I did in fact have Breast Cancer at 34 years old. EVERYTHING I thought and felt changed in a moments notice. But, what I didn't expect is how my relationships with others would change.
September is Suicide Prevention month. It’s a heavy topic but one that we believe needs to be spoken more about. As we were reflecting on how we could respectively honor this month, while shinning a light on what suicide prevention month is about, we met Allison Avalon the same week. In conversation, Allison openly shared that this Fall will be her 5-year anniversary as a suicide survivor.