In the summer of 2012 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Since recovering from all the surgeries and treatments, I now have the privilege of being a breast cancer survivor and a published author! My book It’s Definitely Breast Cancer: First-hand experience on what actually works and the journey getting there outlines my experience with TNBC.  The book also gives tips and advice for those in any stage of cancer. It’s Definitely Breast Cancer covers everything from questions to ask your surgeon and oncologist to wig care.  Once you get that breast cancer diagnosis you’re given notebooks and folders filled with valuable information but, if you’re like me, you might not have the emotional energy to sort through it all. Once the initial shock lessened, I began to compile the most urgent questions and information anyone would need after a cancer diagnosis.  I eventually put it all together as an easy to read guide filled with the information I wish I had known during my treatment and recovery.  You’ll read about the emotional roller coaster that breast cancer brings including  fear, joy (yes, joy), and everything in between.  This book weaves together personal experiences and breast cancer resources especially for women facing cancer today.  I wrote openly and honestly (sometimes too honest), with a little humor, some encouragement, and a lot of love.

As a continuation of my research for It’s Definitely Breast Cancer, I started this blog.  I’ll share more personal stories, keep you up-to-date on life after a cancer diagnosis, post new research and have others within the breast cancer community share their own inspirational stories. The book may be complete, but there’s still so much I want to learn and share with you! Follow me on this blogging adventure and let’s encourage one another through the breast cancer journey.

To learn more or purchase the book It’s Definitely Breast Cancer, visit my website http://www.sharonratchford.com/

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