Thursday, October 21st, 2010
On opening up…
“I think I’ve always been, if anything needs to be done, a ‘do it yourself’ kind of person.
I came from a family of 7 children, and I was the oldest daughter. I kind of took care of the little ones.
I was the type that, kind of, always took care of everybody else, but was not used to others taking care of me.
As a nurse, I had quite a bond with other nurses. They were all very supportive. I had a room full of flowers after my surgery. They took carts and carts of flowers when I went home.
Everyone was there for me.
And it was a wake up call for everybody.
The girls started getting mammograms
No one I knew had ever had breast cancer. None of the girls had ever experienced it, that I knew.”
“So, I shared it.
I look back, and some girls are very private; I wasn’t.
I was very open about everything.
I’d say, ‘Look at this.’
Especially with my reconstruction. Everybody was interested because it was kind of new.
And I think it helped me deal with it; that I wasn’t alone.”
Zadie Johnson | 66 | Kyles Ford, TN | wife to Bill | mother of Mark and David | registered nurse
Diagnosis: Ductal Breast Cancer 1986 | R Modified Mastectomy February 1986 | Survivor