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2 We all have a story to tell which will provide hope and inspiration and prevents judgments. The gift at the end of the long, hard road is a new perspective on life and a desire to help others face the same challenges you have overcome.

3 I was speechless Letters in the alphabet helped me communicate my feelings and needs

4 “A” is for Anxiety Ahhhh…..Dr I have Aaaaaaaaaa….. All day All night That sends me into flight!

5 “B” is for Bald A funny thing happened on the way to get gasoline… One of my more stressful embarrassing moments

6 “C” is for Chemo Brain Cognitive dysfunction associated with chemotherapy. I know you don’t understand, but I may lose my keys! May lose my mind Forget your name FOCUS!

7 “I” is for Incarceration CANCER feels like PRISON! Cancer confines you to a cell or cells. Isolates you ….tell me how? Treatment makes it worse Cancer becomes all you know at times.

8 “J” is for Jealousy BELLISIMO! Is it dysfunctional to feel envious of another with good health ? To be angered by their results? Someone “WHY ME?” else is a lower stage at cancer. … Someone else’s boobs had a better surgical outcome… Mmm cupcakes with gumdrops- NOT ME!

9 “K” is for Keys Have an extra sets of car keys everywhere! You will forget many things … but most of all your car keys will play numerous tricks hiding from you!

10 “L” is for Lymphedema Can STING, BURN, THROB, SWELL LYMPHEDEMA - your salt intake effects

11 “S” is for Sexuality HOLD ME…TOUCH ME…LOVE ME! I am still the same person! How does my partner perceive me? What issues do they feel about my change in body image What are the ways to communicate your needs?  Verbal  Nonverbal

12 S.LeBlanc 2011 © SYMMETRICAL ISSUES OR NO BREASTS HIGHER RISK OF FRACTURES FROM LINEN TO LYCRA CHRONIC FATIGUE SCARRING VAGINAL ATROPHY BALD CHEMO INDUCED MENOPAUSE PAIN/ NAUSEA HOT HEADED HOT AND COLD FLASHES CHEMO BRAIN COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION LACK OF LIBIDO SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDS ANXIETY ISOLATION DEPRESSION-SLEEP DISORDERS SWOLLEN NEUROPATHY Lack of mobility EMO BOOB A REBELLOU PORT O CATH — INFUSIONS AND CONFUSIONS LYMPHADEMA DO YOU OWN A SLEEVE? LOW SELF ESTEEM NUMBNESS STOLEN IDENTITY Gutzkygirl.com Hysterectomy ? S.LeBlanc 2011 © SYMMETRICAL ISSUES OR NO BREASTS HIGHER RISK OF FRACTURES FROM LINEN TO LYCRA CHRONIC FATIGUE SCARRING VAGINAL ATROPHY BALD CHEMO INDUCED MENOPAUSE PAIN/ NAUSEA HOT HEADED HOT AND COLD FLASHES CHEMO BRAIN COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION LACK OF LIBIDO SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDS ANXIETY ISOLATION DEPRESSION-SLEEP DISORDERS SWOLLEN NEUROPATHY Lack of mobility EMO BOOB A REBELLOU PORT O CATH — INFUSIONS AND CONFUSIONS LYMPHADEMA DO YOU OWN A SLEEVE? LOW SELF ESTEEM NUMBNESS STOLEN IDENTITY Gutzkygirl.com Hysterectomy ? S.LeBlanc 2011 © SYMMETRICAL ISSUES OR NO BREASTS HIGHER RISK OF FRACTURES FROM LINEN TO LYCRA CHRONIC FATIGUE SCARRING VAGINAL ATROPHY BALD CHEMO INDUCED MENOPAUSE PAIN/ NAUSEA HOT HEADED HOT AND COLD FLASHES CHEMO BRAIN COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION LACK OF LIBIDO SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDS ANXIETY ISOLATION DEPRESSION-SLEEP DISORDERS SWOLLEN NEUROPATHY Lack of mobility EMO BOOB A REBELLOU PORT O CATH — INFUSIONS AND CONFUSIONS LYMPHADEMA DO YOU OWN A SLEEVE? LOW SELF ESTEEM NUMBNESS STOLEN IDENTITY Gutzkygirl.com Hysterectomy ?

13 “S” is also for Survivorship What is your definition of a survivor? Are you there yet?! Are you a “Gutzky Girl”? You are a survivor of ALL things


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