When Lisa Hynes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she was forced into an uncertain world. She underwent a double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstruction and radiation. She said the hardest part of her journey was losing her hair.
“I had a harder time losing my hair than losing my breasts,” said Hynes, who has worked at Broward Health Coral Springs as a social worker for the past 21 years. “I struggled with wearing wigs and hated the way I looked without hair.”
Hynes eventually learned to cope with her diagnosis and turned her pain into purpose. She published two books, started a blog and Youtube channel, and also formed a breast cancer support group.
“Writing helped me deal with all of the emotions I experienced through breast cancer treatment,” she said. “I share my experiences, strength and hope to help other patients on their own journeys.”
Hynes said she’s forever changed because of cancer, but she embraces who she’s become.
“Breast cancer has been a double-edged sword because I wouldn’t be who I am today had I not gone through all of that pain and anguish,” she said. “I consider my scars battle wounds. I know how precious life is.”
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