Hi! I'm Nic.
So, who is Nic?
Nic is a smiley-faced breast cancer survivor and writer who collects nicknames the way some women collect shoes. Okay, I'm kidding. I totally collect pretty shoes too. And handbags. And smiles... and journals... wait... what were we discussing? Ha!
Welcome to My Fabulous Boobies. It is a lifestyle blog based on my journey through breast cancer. I am Nicole McLean (my friends call me Nic) and I am a young adult survivor of stage 3a breast cancer.
My journey with breast cancer
I was under 40 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer which places me in the category of "young women with breast cancer" and it also means that I am considered a young adult cancer survivor. I am now cancer-free and beyond the fearful 5-year period when cancer recurrence is most likely to occur. I tend to look at my life in two parts: before diagnosis and after.
Young, African-American, childless, never married... but still hoping... when I was diagnosed I found that there were not a lot of other patients who looked like me or had a similar lifestyle. Most of the stories I saw online were older women, married women, grandmothers in many cases and very, very few (meaning almost none) were women of color. I didn't see many other black women at my cancer center either -- not my age group, nor older. To be honest, I felt pretty lonely dealing with all of this and there didn't seem to be many women that I felt comfortable enough to share all of my fears and concerns with.
I'm sure that the other women in the cancer center could understand my concerns about medications or treatment procedures... but who could I talk to about my hair issues? Or concerns about dating and sex? I shared with my friends but since they had not been through cancer... they could empathize but they didn't always understand and I felt badly for burdening them with my stuff. So... I started writing about it here on this blog. I ended up becoming the voice that I wanted to find.
As open and honest (and silly) as my posts may be at times, I believe that life after cancer is challenging but beautiful.