The Emotional Aftermath of Cancer
In 2009, at the age of 30, a breast cancer diagnosis changed everything for me. In an instant, I was transported from my corporate life as a successful headhunter in the technology industry to a foreign world of chemotherapy and surgeries. I anticipated that treatment would be difficult, but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional aftermath. In 2011, with my final surgery behind me, I found myself grappling with feelings of isolation, depression, survivor guilt, and anger.
I knew I couldn’t stay in the dark place where cancer had deposited me, but I didn’t think that sitting in a traditional support group circle would help me heal my emotional scars or give me the tools to reimagine my future. I wanted to feel useful and empowered again and needed something other than cancer to be the most recent story in my life. It was in my search for inspiration that I signed up for a volunteer trip to Africa.