Ten years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 1 in the right breast. It came as a shock for me and my children and we spiraled down into fear. I went through various invasive and difficult treatments including radiation and hormonal based chemotherapy which plagued me with side effects such as tiredness, osteoporosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, SLE lupus, major depression, anxiety, panic attacks and weight gain exceeding 25 lbs. As a result, I wound up taking Prednisone for three years which had additional horrible side effects. I gained even more weight, had strong arthritic pain, an increase in anxiety and even suicidal thoughts from the chronic depression.