I'm Stacey, a 32 year old mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I'm also an oncology social worker. In this role I am prepared and comfortable talking to patients about cancer and all that comes with those ugly six letters.
When you receive a call (at work nonetheless) I found the word "cancer" have a much different meaning. On Friday, March 13th, I was called at 3 pm with the news that I had invasive ductal carcinoma.
I was now placed in the position of my patients and I felt scared, sad, worried, and helpless.
I cried that evening as I informed my husband and family of the news and squeezed my daughter (almost 2 years old at the time). Then I entered "Warrior Mode". I woke up the next morning with Destiny Child's "Survivor" in my head and took that as a great sign. I am stronger than this cancer and I will not let it define or change (in a negative way) who I am.
At my first oncology appointment I was informed that I had Triple Negative Cancer (not hormone driven) and would be undergoing chemotherapy. I was given a prescription for a wig but knew this was not something I would enjoy wearing outside of needed places; work, social events, etc.
I was not worried about losing my hair personally. I disliked most that once it fell out then everyone would see that I am in cancer treatment. This felt like something that I wanted to keep to myself and outside of wearing a wig everywhere I wouldn't be able to.
I started my online search for headscarves that would allow me to have confidence while in public. I was beyond thrilled to discover Turban Diva! I was so happy to see how beautiful the scarves are as well as how user friendly they were. I started my collection and they make me feel so confident and pretty when I wear them- something I thought would be so difficult without hair!!
I'm still in my chemotherapy stage of treatment with surgery and the potential for radiation still in my future. There have been ups and downs but I remain positive, hopeful, and determined to kick cancer!
I look forward to the day I can pass these gorgeous scarves along to my daughter to use for dress up but in the mean time I will continue to rock them with my head held high!!