April 12, 2018 – 10:15 am, I read the words that would turn my life upside down: Invasive Ductal Adenocarcinoma. For a moment, I wished I didn’t know what that meant. For a moment I believed that if I don’t say them out loud, it would go away.
I thought I was doing all the right things, I applied sunscreen every day, I didn’t smoke, I did pilates, I ate an apple a day, I laughed a lot and I was in a very happy and healthy place in my life. So what happened?
Apparently, I was the unlucky 1 in 8 Breast Cancer statistic. But that explanation wasn’t enough for me. I am 28 years old and I have my whole life ahead of me, I will not let Breast Cancer be a bump in my way. Instead, I will use it to push myself forward, appreciate every good & bad day, use my story to raise awareness on Early Detection, Health, and Wellbeing. In doing so, I have found purpose, hope, and strength.
GRYT is being patient with yourself, when the things that were once so normal become tiring, like going up a flight of stairs or driving.
GRYT is holding your engagement party the day after your first chemotherapy session.
GRYT is accepting the fact that you have Breast Cancer at 28 and continue to move forward despite all its hardships.
GRYT is allowing yourself to cry when you need to, then picking yourself up & continuing the fight.
GRYT is smiling through it all.
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