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A New eGuide Series, “Breast Cancer Survivor Secrets,” & It’s Free!

By now you probably all know how I feel about sharing our stories. If you write a blog and/or read blogs, it’s all about sharing our stories, right? Nothing is more validating or more healing than sharing, being heard and finding camaraderie with others who understand. This is why when I was asked earlier this year to participate in a project called, Breast Cancer Survivor Secrets, I had to say yes. 

Breast Cancer Survivor Secrets is a new eGuide series created by Gai Comans, a breast cancer survivor and health and wellness advocate. Gai was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38 and now dedicates much of her life’s work to reaching out to help others who are also facing this wretched disease. One way she chose to do this was to interview 21 women about their breast cancer experiences, insights, strategies and tools for taking back some control. Gai compiled the interviews together creating the beginnings of her new eGuide series. I am pleased to be one of the women interviewed for the first two editions.

The first guide in the series is called, Empower Your Life. The topic for the first interview was, “What do you wish you had been told when you were diagnosed with cancer?’

The next guide in the series comes out on April 2 and the topic will be, “What do you wish you had been told when your treatment for cancer was finished?” I fully realize some of you are not finished with treatment and never will be, but I’m hoping there will still be beneficial material for everyone presented. And when I asked Gai about including the metastatic community’s interests, she said she hopes to devote an upcoming eGuide specific to this group’s issues.

I am honored to be included in the first two eGuides. Thank you, Gai, for asking me to contribute my “secrets,” which are really just a few of my thoughts. My interview begins on p. 62. I hope others find it helpful.

After all, sharing, witnessing and validating each others’ experiences is what it’s always all about.

Why not sign up today to receive your free copy of Empower Your Life?

Note:  The opinions expressed by other survivors presented  in this guide are not necessarily the same as mine. We are all different in how we cope with a cancer diagnosis. And this is how it should be.

What do you wish you had been told when you were first diagnosed with cancer?


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Beth Gainer

Friday 28th of March 2014

Hi Nancy,

I think it's wonderful that you were able to share your voice in this eGuide. I know that so many will benefit from reading this guide.

What do I wish I were told when I was first diagnosed with cancer? That's a toughie. I wish I were told that the treatments would have long-term effects on me. I guess I can understand why my oncologist didn't share all the nitty gritty with me, as nobody would get treatments if they knew the truth about it all.

Thanks for your lovely post! I'm hoping to download the eGuide soon.


Friday 28th of March 2014

Beth, It was nice to be asked to share some of my thoughts for the guide. Part 2 is coming out soon. I suppose you're right about why oncologists don't want to share too much about long term side effects. Still, knowing a bit more would have been nice. I agree. Thanks for reading and commenting.


Monday 10th of March 2014

Thanks for sharing this. I have downloaded and look forward to reading through it. I was concerned when i read Kira's comment that it mentioned that 'Cancer is a gift' when it most certainly is not a gift.

Nancy, it was nice of you to clear it up and that you agree it's not a gift.

Thanks again for this. x


Monday 10th of March 2014

Jenn, You're welcome and I will never ever call cancer a gift. It's not. Please feel free to offer your feedback here on the guide and on my contribution to it. All thoughts are welcome! Thanks.


Thursday 6th of March 2014

Nancy, I did download and quickly read through much of the eBook and I found your chapter to be wonderful: "Share, don't compare", but much of the other chapters had the overwhelming theme of "Cancer is a gift."

Sorry, IMO it's not.

Your chapter was wonderful and I appreciated the advice about the need to share and how it can be cyber sharing, but I sure don't feel my cancer is a gift.


Thursday 6th of March 2014

Kira, Thank you for your feedback. I am in complete agreement with you and this is why I make the statement in my post about my opinions not necessarily being the same as the others in the guide. I try to respect the viewpoints of others. As for me, I will never be calling cancer a gift either and I have written about that pretty often. I'm sorry if you found that message coming through too often and too much to your liking. I'm glad you liked my chapter! Thanks again!


Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Nancy It was my absolute pleasure to include you in this guide.

Your contribution to the breast cancer community is amazing. Your devotion to and support of the women in the metastatic breast cancer community is admirable.

I can't wait for your followers to read your inspiring and wise words.

Love Gai


Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Gai, I am grateful that you asked me to be a part of it. Thank YOU! And thanks for the lovely words here. Good luck with the rest of your series!

karen sutherland

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

dear nancy,

I can't wait to read gai's new ebook series, and am so thrilled for your being a contributor. I am especially pleased to hear there are plans to include the MBC community. and you are so right - sharing our stories is so healing and so validating - and we make all these marvelous connections with people sharing, listening, and offering hope, comfort, and healing to one another. such a GOOD THING!

much love and light,

Karen xoxo


Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Karen, You are such an important part of our community and enrich us all immensely with every comment you make. I thank you for that and for your kind words here. I hope you downloaded a copy of the guide. Let me know what you think... And I'll never leave the mbc community out if I have any say in whatever it is...

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