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#YArally: Body Image

StephanieMadsenRecentby Stephanie Madsen, Living with Cancer

“Welcome to Cancerland, here’s your new body. You may notice it looks a little different than your old one, but I can assure you… This is your body. Once you get past the bumps, bruises, scars, and bald head, you’ll realize it’s still you.”

 

As if I were waking up and looking in the mirror at someone else, I felt overwhelmed shortly after receiving my first cancer-removing surgery. My body was changing right before my eyes and I wasn’t sure I was able to cope with everything. My doctors told me to expect a large scar (from one hip to the other), hair loss, and weight changes. Not only would I have to wrap my mind around a life-threatening diagnosis, but I also would no longer be able to find comfort in the mirror.

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YAFC: Learning to Love your Body (even if it’s trying to kill you)

by Anne Marie Cerato, Section Co-editor, Living with Cancer

To say I have issues with my body is an understatement. It did, after all, try to kill me. Twice. So how does one come to terms with their body after something like cancer? I can tell you it is a work in progress.

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