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I was diagnosed with breast cancer on the 03 January 2012. What a way to start the New Year. I never knew I could cry so much and still had a lot more left. I was so shocked because I always thought this only happen to people you don't know. I just turned 40 and have never had a mammogram. After going in and out of hospitals and listening to advice I realized that I am actually still alive and I have to show myself and everybody else that I want to live. I started reading about this "illness" and decided that I will overcome this, although it will be a long road. I had a mastectomy and reconstruction on the 02 February 2012. I cried a few times in hospital but I think this was more hormonal than anything else. I try to stay positive as this influence your recovery time. It's been almost six weeks after the operation and I make sure that I'm always surrounded by positive people and I'm back at work being my old self.. At the end of March I'm starting with chemo and don't know what to expect but I believe the right mindset can only speed up the recovery time. I'm going through this knowing this is life changing, but not a life sentence. This episode in my life was an eyeopener and a mind shift took place. It makes you more aware and attentive to the smallest detail and now I am 100% more informed. Thanks to precious children,family and friends that's going through this with me without hesitation. I'm enriched and have grown mentally and spiritually. God gave me the strength and courage to see this through, and made it possible for me to accept the changes taking place.

Oveda Julies
Cape Town, South Africa

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