Milinda Rose Atallian
Hello Dears by Milinda Rose Atallian Summary
“Hello Dears” is a book told through emails (mostly), that I wrote to the most important people in my life. This book is about my personal journey through Breast Cancer. When I was first told that I had Breast Cancer, I needed a way to be in touch with all of the people that I knew would be concerned for me. I didn’t want to spend my time on the phone repeating myself again and again and again. So, I decided to write to the people that were in my address book on our computer. I figured that, if they were in my address book, then they new me well enough to know what was going on. My immediate feeling when I was told, was concern for my husband, our daughter, and my family. I have said this to them, to my Dears, and to everyone that I’ve shared my story with – I would much rather be the one battling, than anyone that is close to me. I can’t imagine how they must have felt hearing that someone that they care about had the c-word. So, I started to type emails and send them out each step of the way. I wanted them all to know that I was in fighter’s mode. I wanted them all to know that I was going to be OK. I wanted them all to know that forward motion is what got me through each and every turn of this ride. I wanted them to check their ta-ta’s and tell their friends to do the same. And, I wanted them to share my story with as many people as possible, so that they too could save their lives with early detection. I tried, as best I could, to keep a strong sense of humor throughout the process. That, in turn, made the writing a lot lighter and hopefully entertaining. Each step of the way, I let My Dears know what we were going through and what was to come. Again, I wanted them to know what we were dealing with, so that they wouldn’t worry as much about the unknown. I wanted to educate them, as best I could, so that they could do the same as they passed my story along. This book covers everything from the discovery of my lump, to the reconstruction of my new ta-ta’s and everything in between. My hope is, that when people read this book, they too will realize that with forward motion, and positivity, you can overcome and be stronger. I know that my battle with the c-word will never truly be over. This book is for my Dears, and for all of those that have been touched by the c-word. This book is for my daughter, so that when she is mature enough to “know”, she will understand what Mommy went through and how I kicked the c-words ass. Reagan will learn just how much her being on this earth has helped me get through it all.