Kathleen Cook – Breast Cancer Survivor

Kathleen Cook – Breast Cancer Survivor


I do think my son asked if I was going to
die. And I think we answered honestly by saying
that we hoped not. My name is Kathleen Cook. I’m from Ontario, New York. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September
of 2010. I was at one of the healthiest points of my
life. I had been working out on a regular basis. I looked my best. I felt my best. I was not the typical poster child for any
sort of a cancer, especially with no family history. We had to have the kids come and we sat them
on the bed upstairs and we told them. And my son immediately started to cry. I was scared. I was very scared. I was worried about whether or not my kids
would grow up without their mother and if I was going to be there to see a lot of their
firsts. I posted on Facebook and asked for help in
picking an oncologist, in picking a surgeon and giving me some sort of, like, sense of
hope. I remember her telling me that it’s survivable. I had a lot of anxiety or worry and just,
frustration over not knowing how or why or what caused it. She would always bring me back down to a level
ground and still point me in the direction of the plan to make it all better. The most important thing to me right now is
to be here to see my kids grow old. I want to be here for their prom. I want to be here for their graduation. I want to watch them grow up and see what
they become. I want to see their children. I want to be a grandparent. I just want to live.

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