Who knows how to mentally and emotionally prepare for the loss of part of your body, the changes with your hair, skin and weight? I certainly did not. I didn’t realize I would have zero energy to continue my mom role of laundry, lunches, meals, cleaning and chauffeuring my teens to their sports. It was during this time my community did something I couldn’t do for myself, they rallied. They surrounded me with support both physically and emotionally, they helped take care of my kids, which for a mom is key!

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