October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted By SK Reid with Reena Devi  
21:00 PM

A Moment of Truth

The doctor ushers us into the room. The moment of truth has arrived. We are greeted with the surgeon’s brisk, no-non- sense manner. I involuntarily hold my breath for a moment. Here we go. 

‘Well, unfortunately, we did find something sinister. You do have breast cancer,’ a curious emphasis on the affirmative, nodding and walking around the room, pulling reading glasses from her forehead, and on to her nose, all the better to see radiological images which she throws up on the backlit screen.

The original report describes a 2-centimetre mass. The post- operative pathology report shows   a 6.5-centimetre tumour. I am shocked.

‘So the bad news is we’re going have to perform another surgery. I am going to have to do a re-excision and remove more tissue so that the margins are clear. Now, I am pretty convinced that it hasn’t spread, but just to make sure, we’re going to do what’s called a sentinel node biopsy, where

we remove some of the lymph nodes, just to prove that it hasn’t, in fact, spread any further. So in  a sense it’s going to be a bigger procedure, because now your arm is involved. And so there will be more recovery time required.’ 

From A Year of Medical Thinking by SK Reid © 2014



Breast Cancer Facts

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, affecting 2.1 million women every year. In 2018, 627,000 women died from breast cancer (WHO, 2019).

Did You Know

Early detection is key to improved outcomes, with 90% average survival rates for invasive disease, and as high as 99% if pre-invasive. I used to be afraid of ‘checking my boobies.’ But let me tell you. Not knowing is far scarier than knowing either way. Check your boobies! Your life will thank you for it!

Hearing The words, ‘You Have Cancer’

Until you hear those words, “You have cancer,” you never really know how you are going to respond. In my own case, I was deeply disturbed. I think what had preceded my diagnosis influenced my reaction – the recent loss of my precious IVF baby who was due on the anniversary of my late husband’s death had made me particularly emotionally vulnerable. Everyone is different. Every circumstance is different.

Responding to Life Challenges

Responses to life stressors, especially a potentially life-threatening diagnosis, are as varied as each individual. 

This brings me to Reena. Hailing from Mauritius, Reena is a teacher, writer, and poet and a sister cancer warrior with an extraordinary attitude to life–one I am in awe of. Cancer changes you. It changed Reena. It teaches you is a level of appreciation of life found in adversity. Reena talks about cancer unleashing in her a new lease of life.  Reena has used her experience to find meaning in life, deepen her spirituality and seek heart-filled purpose that perhaps she had not been aware of before her diagnosis.

Here, Reena shares her fears, her changed outlook on life, and her passion for reaching out to others since her cancer diagnosis.

In Her Own Words

I remember every second of waiting 

I remember every second of waiting (to hear about the results)!

Awaiting in fear, my legs all jellied and then moment of truth, I was told I had cancer!!!
Almost traumatised, not knowing how to take this.
July. 24/7 is not just a date nor just a day nor just a number but much more than that. It brought storms into my life.
But at the same time it brought blessings in disguise.
July month gave me wounds, scars, mental stress, physical trauma, anxieties, fears, tears shattered dreams, and broken ambitions! 

But it also gave me the power to heal. The strength which was yet unknown to me suddenly burst out.
Magic! I felt as though I could do magic!
I can heal my wounds. 
I have discovered myself. 
My faith my inner energies my beliefs and unlimited positive thoughts exploded like never before. Cancer brought life to me! I was just living a busy life, and in a way, my experience made me realise that life is so more than just that.

Reena in interview with SK Reid

People You Meet

I met amazing souls throughout my journey with cancer..
Scars were given to me, but I decided to not let the wounds overshadow my life.

One thought and many possibilities
A second life; a second chance to see what I have missed!

Lucky, I am.
Grateful I am, for cancer (to me) is a "re-can."

This is the time to celebrate.
I break all the silences all the taboos
Life isn't just about being alive to survive among the fittest.
I have become an evolved soul.
I rise above and shine.
My Life Lessons are the sweetest steps toward the Door to Heaven.
I found my truest self through cancer!

I have become an inspiration to many.
All I wish is to be remembered for the beautiful me.
I became the words and strength of many. 

Little did I know my mission on this earth was to create magic through my words,
Discovering myself brought so much of ecstasy into my life!
The purest growth through muds yet untouched by muds!
Blooming and glowing
That's what I call Life!
One short lifespan, yet so much to live!

Second Chances

I couldn't be more grateful to life for giving me this chance again, to relive my life, to find my true self and to inspire thousands. I stand here today as a proud fighter, mother, wife and friend, I almost gave up, but the best people stand behind me and here I am. I proved to myself I can do it, cancer will go down history, but I believe I made cancer my history.
I say to cancer: "Yeah bitch! I beat the shit out of you!"

And today, I write for a cause.
Writing is my therapy and my hidden passion.
Having gone through the worst experience of my life; it made me realise that life is too short.

The question is, why hold back and suppress what you love most?

I write about life lessons, positive motivational thoughts and quotes.

I write to keep the light of faith glowing.
I only want to spread positive thoughts and beliefs in the lives of many.

I believe in acceptance and magic. I trust miracles.
My courage is my strength.
And my strength is my thought process.




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