Day 12 Prompt: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself on the day of your diagnosis, what would you say?
If I was able to go back to the day of my diagnosis, I think I would emphasis just how important it is to become an advocate for oneself. Almost immediately after my diagnostic surgery, I began researching my disease so I could be informed and found myself an online support community which I think helped me tremendously in avoiding some of the isolation and depression that can come with receiving a chronic illness diagnosis but I didn’t quite understand the power that I held as a patient in choosing my own treatment. I thank God every day that He provided me with fabulous doctor as soon as I started having symptoms and I was able to be diagnosed within a matter of weeks (when I know most women struggle for years before receiving a diagnosis). Immediately following my diagnosis, she offered Lupron as a course of treatment. My regret is not taking the time to research this treatment before taking it. Something in my gut made me question it but because it was suggested by my doctor, at the time, I didn’t realize I had the option to say no. Looking back and knowing how hard the treatment was on my body, not only during the treatment but for years afterwards, I wish that I had listened to my gut instead of my doctor. In the ten years since my diagnosis, the most important lesson I have learned is to trust my gut and listen to my body so if I could go back to day one, I would definitely offer myself that piece of advice.