Meet Andrea B.
Diagnosed at 30, Stage 2B
My name is Andrea.
I am 30 years old.
I live in Chicago...
and I have breast cancer.
I still don't have the right words to express the shock I've been dealing with since receiving my diagnosis in February, especially considering that there's no history of breast cancer in my family whatsoever.
Whenever I'm struggling, my impulse is to dive headfirst into internet research, and this time was no different. However, I wasn't able to find much of what I was looking for.
As you might expect, most firsthand accounts of breast cancer treatment come from older women, which I had a difficult time relating to.
There aren't a lot of Cool Alternative Millennials With Cancer telling their stories.
Fatalistic comedy and dismissive jokes are my best coping mechanisms, and far more comforting than anyone telling me how strong I am or to trust in a larger plan.