Chanique Belton

How did you first learn you had breast cancer?

I first learned I breast cancer after doing a self exam and then calling my primary doctor. From that point I was scheduled to have a mammagram done. I was only 35 at the time. After the mamagram and two biopsies, they confirmed what I already felt was happening. I had breast cancer.

How did that make you feel?

When I first heard the words I felt angry and upset and asked why me. Very quickly I thought about my five children and who would take care of them if I died. There were so many emotions that it was hard to think straight.

What did you do?

I cried and cried and then started focusing on the plan to get me better. I start chemo about a month after my diagonisis because my doctor wanted me to try and enjoy the holidays. December 3, 2014 I had my first round of chemo. Then 17 more rounds and a break then a double mastectomy.

How did your family react?

My family was scared but all rallyed around me and help me on this journey. My children all exeperienced different waves of emotions from being happy to just having a look of worry come over them. But as time went on I notice their emotions were reactive to my own emotions.

What advice would you give others?

I would encourage others to think positive but have your moments. Have those moments when you just want to cry and fuss. But the thing about that is not to stay in them. Take the time to really live life and not just exist. Meet others who are on this journey however different, we are all in the fight. Ask questions and be involved in your treatment.

How do you feel now?

I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. Being diagnoised with breast cancer may have seemed like a death sentence, but it really gave the the opportunity to live. There are no more chains holding me back from enjoying this life I have and I take full advantage of that.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The last thing I would like to share is to stay encouraged and in pray. I could not have and continue to make it without a strong faith that his promises are yea and amen.