Almost all of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way, shape or form. Last year, right around this time, the world lost a beautiful mother and light– Jen Sturtevant Meus. Jen was a new mother of twins when she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She was a warrior, and handled cancer like I can only wish I would if I was in the same situation.
She was an advocate for women with breast cancer (especially metastatic breast cancer). She never wanted people to forget the women who wouldn’t survive their cancer, and were left to mange it on a daily basis. While there was no hope (at the time) for a cure, Jen made sure to remind everyone that it wasn’t a reason to give up.
She always found the positivity in life around her, especially with her beautiful boys, husband, and family. I think of Jen often and she was the inspiration for sharing this post on the Silver Lining Companion Guide. To me, she was the epitome of finding the silver lining.
Because more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S., Allstate is providing a free download of the Silver Lining Companion Guide for breast cancer patients and their families. The Silver Lining Guide is comprehensive and deals with a lot of the obviously difficult aspects of dealing with breast cancer (or any type of cancer for that matter).
Each chapter starts with Lifelines, highlighting the important talking points of the chapter. They are laid out in an informal way, much like talking to a friend. You will also find a section entitled Practical Matters, which has helpful information like Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Testing.
I think one of the chapters that spoke to me the most was Chapter II (Children Always Know), which provides very insightful and helpful advice for talking about a cancer diagnosis with children. It’s always hard to know how much or how little to share with kids about a cancer diagnosis. This chapter handles the topic beautifully.
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with breast cancer click HERE and download your free copy of the Silver Lining Guide (there is also a Spanish version). The guide will help empower you and your caregivers as you navigate life with breast cancer.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.