I Am a Woman Who Lives with Breast Cancer
Reproductive Health Matters. Vol. 26 (32), Nov 2008. 133-138
Posted: 1 May 2012 Last revised: 25 May 2012
Date Written: November 1, 2008
I am a woman, and I am a woman who lives with breast cancer, and I am a woman who lives with breast cancer in Mexico. Being a woman defines much of what I am experiencing, as well as my approach to treatment and the choices I have made. Living with the disease in Mexico has allowed me to identify the need for collective action by and for women, to meet the challenges of this disease in Latin America. In this personal testimony, up to June 2008, I will focus on three issues: the personal and family realm; the key elements of my medical treatment that have given me courage and stamina; and why I have converted my personal experience into a programme to combat the breast cancer epidemic that is plaguing Mexico and Latin America. In each of these, I reflect on what I think are key issues for the health of women.
Keywords: breast cancer, Mexico
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