A Face of Breast Cancer: Catherine Gigante-Brown

Catherine Gigante-Brown came to SHARE less than one year ago in the spring of 2013. A freelance writer who lives in Brooklyn, Cathy joined our ongoing support group soon after her breast cancer diagnosis. She now attends our post-treatment group, which meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We are so pleased and proud that Cathy participated in the New York Times's Faces of Breast Cancer. If you missed it, check it out here.

Included on Faces of Breast Cancer is her poem, "One in Eight," which we're sharing with you here:

"One in Eight"

You can't imagine living through this.

Maybe that's why you're so nice, so supportive.

If not for the grace of God go you.

One in eight,

I think it's probably more.

When I walk into a room, you count.

One in eight,

if it's me, then it's probably not you,

so you breathe a sigh of relief.

One in eight,

it's not as bad as you might imagine,

just a bump of fat,

decorative, really,

but it served me well,

helped feed my son,

and yes, we had some fun.

One in eight,

"You're living my worst nightmare,"

some might look at me and think,

but not really:

My worst nightmare would be being dead at 53.

You see,

my left breast was trying to kill me.

Cathy Gigante-Brown

Cathy Gigante-Brown's novel "The El," was recently published as an e-book by Volossal Publishing.