She Was Terrified, Then Toughened, By Cancer
More about life after breast cancer
The day will come when you're no longer preoccupied with thoughts of breast cancer—but it may not be a happier place to find yourself. "All that baloney about living each day to the fullest, blah blah—I do not see it through such a rosy lens," says Lynn Prowitt-Smith, 42, of Fairfield, Conn.
She feels as if cancer has toughened her inside. "Cancer changes you, for sure, but more in the way that 9/11 changed everyone," she says. "It's a wake-up call, something that robs you of your feelings of security, immortality, your innocence."
Still, Prowitt-Smith admits, she feels better equipped to handle emergencies. And now, 10 years post-cancer, she's had her share: She has weathered a divorce, is parenting a son as a single mom, and has faced the death of her father. "Cancer is horrible, painful, scary," she says, "like a lot of things you get hit with in life. And then you get through it."