I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41. As a survivor, I’m committed to working toward my health goals and giving back to the community that helped me through treatment.
Finding My Motivation
Ten years after her breast cancer diagnosis, Carletta looks back on how her definition of bravery has changed. She discusses how she managed the highs and lows of being a cancer survivor and learning how to ask for help.
The Value of a Strong Support System
Asking for and accepting help as a patient and survivor was difficult for me. But I recognized over time that my friends and family wanted to help—they just weren’t always sure how. I just needed to let them know.
One of the best ways that my friends helped me was by encouraging me to be honest with my feelings. I wasn’t always feeling positive, and that was okay.
I use my experience to offer the same love and encouragement to my friends affected by cancer.
Giving Back to the Breast Cancer Community
I am thankful for the support I got from breast cancer groups throughout my diagnosis and treatment.
I give back to this community through volunteering and serving on executive boards. Through my involvement, I ensure these groups meet the unique needs of survivors and minority women.