Open Letter to All Breast Cancer Survivors

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To hear the news that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer is a hard pill to swallow. For most people, in that given moment, they feel that their world has ended. They feel that their walls are caving in and they’ve been thrown in a permanent place of darkness. They’ve allowed themselves to easily be defeated and honestly their reaction is completely understandable. But what most people fail to realize is that true strength is holding it all together even when people around you will understand why you’re falling apart and that’s what each breast cancer survivor has done.

As we go through the month October and people around the world prepare for their annual walk for Breast Cancer Awareness I would like to take this time to speak with the many women who have survived their battle with breast cancer. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your courageousness and for your continuous fight in this constant battle.

I know each day may not be as good as others, but I hope you find peace during your difficult days, light during your dark days and abundant strength during your weak days. In times of doubt and defeat remind yourself why you’ve held on for so long. Don’t for one minute ever doubt your beauty or feel insecure because you are the most beautiful person in the world. There’s a difference between outer beauty and inner beauty. Beauty that could be seen with the eyes can fade. And believe me, as time goes on it will. But beauty that comes from the heart and soul is something that can’t be altered.

For most survivors you may feel that you’ve lost a major element of your body that made you feel like a “complete woman”. Maybe it’s your hair, maybe it’s your breast or it could be both. There may be days when you feel that you don’t fit the “idealistic image” of a woman. But I’m here to tell you that neither of these things are what defines you as a complete woman.  A woman is defined by her mind, her passion, her spirit, her compassion and her strength. Don’t be ashamed of what you have lost. Don’t be ashamed of any scars you may have for each strand of hair lost and each scar tells a story of resilience.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option. So continue to fight and continue to be strong. And if there is ever a day that you feel alone and you feel  like you’re ready to give up remember there are thousands of people out there, including myself, who are rooting for you to carry on.

Akeera Weathers | News Cult