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Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: YOU Know Your Body Best!

October 04, 2017

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do. 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. They truly understand what you’re going through because they’ve gone through it, too.

Name: Rebecca Spaulding

Title: Registered Nurse

Work location: Backus Hospital

Age at breast cancer diagnosis:  29

Date of diagnosis:  Dec. 20, 2016

What do you look forward to? I look forward to living a long and healthy life with my husband; having a family and traveling. I look forward to all that life has to offer. Life is a blessing and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

What’s the best advice you would give a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer today? Fight and fight hard, it’s ok to be scared, sad, panicked; you need to feel all of the emotions, but you need to fight the battle of a lifetime. Be your own advocate; you know your body best. Take care of your body, even though you may feel that it’s failed you.

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute provides the full spectrum of breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services. Learn more here