By Selena Hernandez
DALLAS (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―Uniting women through a shared experience; that’s the goal behind one North Texas woman’s unique and candid blog. Her name is Brenda Coffee and she’s using her website as a way to help breast cancer patients survive and fight through recovery.
Stage 2 breast cancer was the unexpected news that blindsided Coffee. She found the information overwhelming and difficult to process. “It’s kinda like being shoved off a cliff and you’re left to fend for yourself and figure out if you can fly.”
Yet, through the countless surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, Coffee refused to be a victim. She, instead, stood strong in her fight for life. Now Coffee says her goal is to, “Help women and their families avoid those holes and get through this time in their life…survive this time of their life, together as a family and intact.”
Nearly six years later, Coffee is a survivor, sharing her story and experience in a candid blog. “[The website] breastcancersisterhood.com is an outgrowth of my own experience of not knowing what to do next and how to get from step A to step B,” Coffee explained.
On the blog, Coffee writes about everything — nothing is off limits. “Most doctors are uncomfortable talking to you about subjects, particularly sex,” she said.
Coffee even writes about how she once used a raisin, to substitute as a nipple, following her mastectomy. “I put it in where it was supposed to be, got it level – problem solved!” she said of the experiment.
The blog is an open forum to encourage and inspire other women as they battle breast cancer. “You can get thru this and you will emerge on the other side stronger than you ever were,” Coffee encourages her readers.
According to Coffee, breast cancer patients are related and have an established bond of sisterhood — not through blood, but in this case through a blog. “I’m that sister that’s going to tell you everything you need to know… that even the best doctors, on the best of days, might forget to tell you.”
Coffee hopes other women will follow her lead and find the strength to document their experiences. She says the information helps others feel as if they’re not the only ones enduring a grueling experience.
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