Breast Cancer Survivor - Gene Glave on Support Video

This breast cancer survivor stars in her original comedic retrospective about her diagnosis and recovery. In this video she talks about giving and receiving support in times of need.
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Gene Glave 1 + year cancer survivor. What do you hope that people take away from your story? Gene Glave: What has happened in the past with my blog, is people have found it, and then they email me and they say Oh! One of them said, you've been such a blessing to me tonight. Oh my gosh! I didn't say anything, but they read what I had written. I would say to anyone who has been diagnosed or just diagnosed, you can get through this. It's going to be a bitch to get through, but I got through it and I will walk with you, if you want me. And allow people to walk with you. Don't shut people out. People also want to help. Oh! My god, I just came back from New York with my cousin and when we walked there she said, it really upsets me that I didn't come to see you. I didn't want you back home to see me, because when she meets in my house you are the hostess no matter what. She emailed me; she sent me silly things when I didn't feel good. She found some sort of weird kind of ginger oil that she had shipped to me. Oh my gosh! Let people do for you and tell them what they want. What do you want them to do. I didn't need anybody else in my house, because I didn't want to have to take care of anybody. It was all I could do to do to take care of myself. But allow people to help you and let them know, what you need lord, I was horrified of her. I said, can I feel guilty? God knows, you did every thing. I was so appreciative of what you did. And so what I would tell people, don't be afraid or be afraid either one, but don't let the fear rule your life. Use me, I will walk with you. I will talk with you, I will be a shoulder to cry on and ear that you can vent to or I'll give you all I have. Then allow your friends and your family to be as much as you want them to be for you during this time. And then, afterwards, you get to pay it forward and do that for somebody else. Female Speaker: And look you got your nails back, you get your hair back. Gene Glave: I do, I do. I have hair and learned how to shave my legs again. Now, that I'm a cancer survivor. I feel like I make a difference for other patients too, because I have becomes quite. People have called me and I can talk about it to people. Breast cancer used to be a dirty little secret that no one talked about and god forbid you should tell your doctor, that you had found a lump in your breast. There are people who died, because they were too embarrassed to tell the doctor they had a lump in their breast. It can't be. And if I do nothing else, I'll hope that I will be a spokesman for talk about it. Be an advocate for yourself. You've got to stand up and don't be afraid. Oh! It's okay to be afraid, but don't let your fear rule your life because you might lose it.

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