When I learned I had cancer, my daughter was less than 6 days old.
You never know how you'll react to receiving a serious diagnosis until you actually receive one. For instance, pre-diagnosis, I always thought that taking the more natural, holistic approach to cancer sounded like a very viable option. I'd heard many stories of people whose cancer had gone into remission or disappeared as a result of a variety of homeopathic methods and lifestyle changes. And natural is usually better, right?
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The day after we brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital, I received a call from my obstetrician. I was holding my baby in my arms when I learned I had cancer.
My doctor told me she would be referring me to an oncologist, but that there'd be no question that I would need chemotherapy, among other things.
"No problem," I said. "Sign me up." I didn't hesitate to agree to the most aggressive, toxicRead More »from Sometimes Maybe I Don't Want to Put My Child First