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Channeling Anger Into Advocacy After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

February 5, 2022

Jonathan Colemere Metastatic Breast Cancer Heroes™, CURE® Metastatic Breast Cancer Heroes™ 2021 Essay Book, Volume 1,


A colleague explains how one woman transformed the devastation of her breast cancer diagnosis into a “war strategy” of advocacy, starting at her kitchen table.


“You have breast cancer.” Four simple words, then silence. Time itself freezes, as if some cosmic power switch abruptly turned off. Somehow, the cold fluorescent ceiling light continues to softly flicker and hum, an unnerving defiance in the icy suspended tableau of this formerly innocuous examination room. The doctor’s mouth slowly moves as the hum crescendos in your head. This can’t be happening. Why? Why me!? Oh God, what about my kids? Am I going to die? Slowly, the four words sink in and your new life begins. Ready or not, you are now a warrior.


From left: DALE EASTMAN and JONATHAN COLEMERE.  PHOTOS BY VANESSA VELAZQUEZ.
From left: DALE EASTMAN and JONATHAN COLEMERE. PHOTOS BY VANESSA VELAZQUEZ.

For thousands of women and men every year, this kind of waking nightmare serves as the cruel orientation to the most important battle of their life. In October 1990, Dale Eastman experienced this horror firsthand. Diagnosed with... TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

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