Reviewed by Laura Martin on January 09, 2016
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RuPearl Sharpe: I am a 3 time, breast cancer thriver.
I was at the prime of my life and when the doctor gave us a diagnosis of cancer,
it just kind of floored me.
I don't think it really hit me, how ill I was, until I lost my hair.
And my husband too.
He, when they told him the possibility of losing my hair, he said,
“honey, I heard that braids grow your hair. Just get your hair braided.”
So I had my hair braided, just to appease him.
I knew that it wasn’t going to come out.
I got up one morning.
RuPearl Sharpe: And I saw this thing on my pillow and I just screamed because I thought it was a snake,
and it was my braid, it had actually fallen out on my pillow.
So, my thanksgiving gift was that he shaved the rest of my hair from my head and I cried for the first time.
If I could give someone 3 points of advice, it would have to be,summed up in mind, body, spirit.
Number 1, as far as your mind, know that when you’re going in,
when you’re going into treatment, once you’re diagnosed, there’s a possibility that you might lose the battle.
But, you don’t have to lose the war.
I had 4 rounds of chemo and an immediate mastectomy with reconstruction.
When it comes to the body, it’s kind of hard to prepare for as far as food.
It’s good to have a lot of food like, frozen up.
RuPearl Sharpe: But, it’s hard to prepare because your taste buds change.
It’s important to eat healthy. When you’re going through chemo, you eat whatever you can eat.
Because, it’s going to be, once you lose your appetite, it’s hard to regain it.
What helped me was, keep food on my stomach every 2 hours.
Whenever I would start to feel nauseated I would drink, drink, hydrate.
Stay hydrated. I would drink, drink, drink.
Or, I would get something to eat. For the spirit, I think that’s the most important.
Because, connecting with the spirit within you is going to be your resource
and what helps you to get through your mind, body part of it.
RuPearl Sharpe: I just thought, ok, I’ve got cancer.
It doesn’t have me. I’m just going to continue with what I need to do.
We need surgery, do the surgery, take the breast off, kill the enemy and keep going.
That was my attitude.