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Cortney Henry

Age: 33

Diagnosis: Stage III triple negative breast cancer

When Cortney Henry was diagnosed with Stage III triple negative breast cancer in 2018, she questioned her resilience. However, being a mother gave Courtney the emotional fortitude she needed to face a difficult situation. “Had I been diagnosed before my son was born, I would be that patient crying in bed all [of] the time and eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Two days after my mastectomy, I was taking Advil only so that I could be awake to play with him,” she says. 

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Feeling anger and sadness is normal for cancer patients, but she says concentrating on those emotions is destructive. To cope with her frustration, Cortney began writing a blog which gave her the freedom to communicate openly about her experience. “My chemo nurse would say, ‘It is OK to have a crappy day and be angry. You are allowed to feel those things, because you were dealt a crappy hand, but fighting is the only way you can survive it. You can’t fight when you are self-loathing.’” 

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