Survivor & Caregiver

Love Notes: treasure every day

By The Edith Sanford team

February 21, 2014

We love this encouraging Love Note from Kristin in New Milford, Conn. Like we hear from so many women, she feels that the journey made her a stronger, more grateful person.

KZiegelmeier_LoveNote2014“I was only 40 when I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer in June 2013.

The next six months led to many doctor’s appointments, and multiple surgeries. I decided to have a double mastectomy in September. This was not an easy decision for me.

Through all the fear and tears, there was so much love and support from my family and friends.

I have two children who are 14 and 11; one of the greatest challenges was trying to stay positive and brave for them. I somehow managed to, with all the support.

I had my last reconstructive surgery in December, just a few weeks before Christmas.

Life is getting back to normal now, but my view on life has changed a lot after going through this whole experience.

Treasure every day, be grateful, always be kind because you never know what someone is going through, and most importantly live, love and laugh. You will get through this, and come out a stronger person, a survivor! A pink sister, like me!”

Did your breast cancer experience make you a stronger person? Was it a challenge, like Kristin mentioned, to keep a brave face for kids and family during the tough times? Do you have advice for moms about reassuring their children during the journey? Share your experience in a Love Note from the Journey!