|Chryso D'Angelo, 36: Seven-Year Survivor Breast Cancer Survivor|
What I learned: Breast cancer showed me where my courage lies
Needless to say, being diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 was scary. What made it even more terrifying, though, was my phobia of doctors, needles, and blood—all of which would factor into my prescribed breast cancer treatment (a mastectomy and chemo). It's hard to believe that any form of peace or enlightenment could come out of that brutal experience. But, ironically, breast cancer gave me a gift: It showed me where my courage lies.
These days I know I can cope with pretty much any medical procedure. I'm so grateful to have navigated through nine months of pregnancy fearlessly, confidently, and in joyful anticipation of the birth of my child. Still, thanking cancer is tough. But the truth is, having it can change you in significant and encouraging ways. But don't just take my word for it: Read on as other cancer survivors discuss their takeaway from a battle with breast cancer.