In A Powerful Conversation, A Woman With Breast Cancer Sits Down With A Woman In Remission

"I'm happy that I feel beautiful in my own skin. That didn't happen right away."

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting the stories of those affected, as well as the people who come to their aid and help bring awareness to the issue.

If you or a loved one has ever been affected by cancer, you know that the diagnosis brings with it a lot of uncertainties and questions: how will my family react? How will we deal with this? What are the next steps? Will I — will we — be OK?

Unfortunately, cancer touches so many of our lives, and for women, that often comes in the form of breast cancer. Today, there are 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and though scary, that statistic has the power to create an incredibly powerful community. 

It's important that those affected share their stories so that some of those unanswered questions can come to light, and so that others know they are not alone.

In a recent video from Self magazine, one woman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past May, interviews a woman in remission. Though the two are strangers, they connect quickly, and the emotional and powerful interview is one worth watching.

To begin, the woman currently battling cancer talks about sharing the news with her family. 

"I have an 8-year-old, and at the time, my youngest was four. We sat them down, and we said mommy's sick. We don't know what it is right now, but no matter what, we're going to be okay," she says as the woman in remission puts her hand out in support.

"My 4-year-old's saying, 'It's OK mom. You're going to lose your hair and you're going to look beautiful...' And my 8-year-old is in tears. She said, 'Mom, I'm just scared ... I'm scared that you have cancer ... It means you're going to get sick and die.'" 

She then goes on to explain how she told her daughter that she would remain a fighter and that she would be OK. 

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To begin, the woman currently battling cancer talks about sharing the news with her family. 

"I have an 8-year-old, and at the time, my youngest was four. We sat them down, and we said Mommy's sick. We don't know what it is right now, but no matter what, we're going to be OK," she says as the woman in remission puts her hand out in support.

"My 4-year-old's saying, 'It's OK mom. You're going to lose your hair and you're going to look beautiful ... ' And my 8-year-old is in tears. She said, 'Mom, I'm just scared ... I'm scared that you have cancer ... It means you're going to get sick and die.'" 

But she assures her daughter she is a fighter, and will be OK. 

Afterward, the woman in remission talks about how her friendships were affected by the diagnosis as well as feeling afraid to lose her breasts and feeling different.

"I'm happy that I feel beautiful in my own skin. That didn't happen right away. I had a really rough time feeling like myself when I first saw the scars. But I decided to take some of my own destiny in my own hands and I tattooed a cherry blossom tree around my entire chest, so when I looked back in the mirror, I saw something beautiful." 

Finally, the women talk about staying positive. For the woman newly diagnosed, she says there's really no question whether or not she should remain positive.

"Because if I can live my life as a positive person, without an affliction, without a challenge, let's see how I'm going to do with a challenge now." 

However, she reiterates that she's not positive 100 percent of the time, and, fighting back tears, she says she's tired, but she wants to make sure that she shares that too. 

"Because it's OK to be tired, and it's OK not to be positive, it's totally OK to do that as well." But it's temporary, she adds. 

"I called it brave face," the woman in remission says. 

Check out more in the full video below:

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