Anitra Cole

Age: Adult
Association: Patient
Region: Grass Valley, CA
Cancer: Breast Cancer

"Anyone with an opinion about cancer should understand it's a very individual path. Every person should make choices that are best for themselves. "

My treatment started by doing IPT with Herceptin. My boyfriend would drive me and I’d get a croissant and the most expensive coconut water the 6 times I tried that alternative treatment because I felt like I was going through a lot. I continued treatment with chemo, surgery, and radiation after that. IPT was nothing compared to that whole battery of treatment. It’s a personal internal battle, the struggle doesn’t magically vanish even if supposedly all the cancer  is “gone.” Through this process, I’ve learned that you’d never know what you’d do until you are in those shoes. Like parenting, many parents think, “oh, I’ll never do THAT” and then you do. It’s a humbling experience and process. Anyone with an opinion about cancer should understand it’s a very individual path. Every person should make choices that are best for themselves. There’s a lot of info out there. So gather info, then trust yourself. The number of possibilities will bring you to do your knees and you will face things you’d never imagine. After my double mastectomy, it felt like a true battle. I really underestimated how the healing protocol would affect me but it truly humbled me. I honestly could have not done it without my boyfriend, who has been with me every step of the way. I was diagnosed six months into our relationship and it changed our relationship dynamic fast, but he’s been a true saint in taking care of me particularly in the beginning when it was all overwhelming. And, I cannot thank my amazing 10-year-old daughter enough who is my light and joy in life. She’s been my funny, curious, interested, joyful companion, as she’s always been.