My Journey: One Mother's Story of Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction and Recovery

happynhealthy on 2 Oct 2013 at 9:00am

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we're telling the stories of survivors. RealSelf member happynhealthy is a mother and psychotherapist from New York who wanted to share the story of her journey through diagnosis, double mastectomy, breast reconstruction and recovery. Her real name - which she also wanted to share - is Leslie Fabian. This is Leslie's story, in her own words. 

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Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Leslie. You're such an inspiration!

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Thank you, Sharon. It was honor to do this interview. Jules was amazing. I hope that someone other than spammers have been listening though. :) best wishes, Leslie
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dear bomave13, please remove your message from my page and realself. My post is for breast cancer patients, not your advertising space. thank you.
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Hi Leslie - you don't have to worry about spammers - we'll take care of them for you. But I'm really pleased that you're taking pride in your story! It is a compelling one for sure, and beautifully told.

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What a wonderful and inspiring story Leslie Your courage and strength is incredible. Do you think it might have been made a little easier for you had you participated in a cancer support group? I would have thought one of your physicians might have suggested that for you and even had one as part of their practice or known of one in the hospital you went to. Helping professionals ( psychotherapists ) are not immune to the same traumas everyone else can be subject to--and these groups--if you find the right one...can be extremely supportive when you are going through a trauma like yours and help provide terrific emotional and concrete resources. Why is it that helping professionals are more likely than others to avoid getting involved in them? Now that you are on the other side of your experience--you could certainly start and lead one for others...... Nancy a psychotherapist from Woodland Hills, California
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Hi Nancy. Thank you so much for listening to my story. The woman who edited it did a fantastic job and had to keep it under a certain time frame. I did speak about the importance of support groups on one's journey. In my community there is a fantastic group called SupportConnection that provides free services to women with Breast and Ovarian Cancers. I went to a couple of the groups, but then found that as I did not have chemo or radiation, my focus was a bit different than many of the women in the group. Also, you must know how hard it can be to 'not be the therapist' in a group. :) I did have the support of my dear friends, without whom I would have had a much more difficult time of it. I was grieving my mother at the same time in life. A little less than a year later I went back into therapy. There is a bit of an aftershock after all of the surguries are done. I am sorry that the part about having a good support network around you got edited out of the final piece, but I am so glad for all that was included. I thank you for your response. Best wishes. Leslie
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