Hi There. My name is Alison and in July 2018, at 42 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage IV HER2+++ Metastatic Breast Cancer (de novo).
They're words you never expect to hear spoken to you directly ... "we found cancer".
Words that completely change the trajectory of your life.
BUT as scary as they are to hear, and as all consuming as they can be in those first few days, weeks and even months, there is life after a cancer diagnosis. And even after a stage IV cancer diagnosis. For many of us, it is absolutely possible to take this disease by the balls!
Sure, I have my bad days. But the good (normal) ones far outweigh the bad.
And that's what the Cancer's A Bitch Blog and Insta Page chronicle. The good, the bad and the ugly. As well as my approaches (both traditional and holistic), the natural remedies that I have found to help counteract the side effects of all the different drugs and treatments that I am on (and will be for the rest of my life), my *mostly* plant-based diet, and a few other bits and bobs.
I've also created a Lymphatically Luxurious all natural deodorant that is packed full of ingredients like zinc oxide, matcha powder and shea butter, which are antibacterial, antimicrobial and super gentle on those axillary nodes (your pits)!
AND 100% of all profits go directly to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Research funds at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Rethink Breast Cancer.
There is no playbook to having cancer, so listen to your gut, be your own advocate, educate yourself, and don’t worry about being a pain in the ass. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’re not happy with an answer you’ve been given, ask again, or get a second )or even a third( opinion! And do so unapologetically.