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Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Recovery Journal, Offers Advice for Those in Treatment

“It wasn’t until the pathology came back they said, ‘Oh, it’s cancer,’” said Laina Rhodes, a breast cancer survivor.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2018 5:35 PM
Updated: Oct. 30, 2018 6:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Breast cancer survivors say repeatedly that support groups made a difference on their road to recovery.

Laina Rhodes is no different.

She is a patient at Providence Medford Medical Center, and found her own cancer.

“It wasn’t until the pathology came back they said, ‘Oh, it’s cancer,’” Rhodes said. “So they wanted me to wait six months and I just couldn’t do it.”

She later had a double masectomy.

To heal, she turned to writing, something she’d done since her teenage years. This time, she journaled about her diagnosis and treatment process.

That’s advice she has for other people going through breast cancer treatment.

“Find an outlet for what you’re feeling. Mine was to write,” Rhodes said. “Others may be to exercise or to go to groups, but find an outlet for those feelings because bottling them up doesn’t help.”

Providence offers some support groups, as does Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. There are also a number on social media sites, like Facebook

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