When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

Real Estate Agent with Flyer Homes Real Estate

Early last fall, I found out that I had cancer. This is the kind of thing that you never think is going to happen to you - and for me, was doubly so, because I have no family history of ovarian cancer, and in fact, have many things that make me LESS likely to have it. 

But there it was, a very rare cancer, and a rare type of that cancer. My world shrunk down to a single point. Just survive. Get through this. Don't leave your 3 and 6 year old daughters and their wonderful father. 

Emma liked to do my hair for me while I was home after surgery :) 

I was still working, but my head was not in the game at all. My first year of real estate I stayed pleasantly busy by doing open houses, being very active on social media, and blogging. I learned a lot and really, really loved my new career path. 

Everything kind of stops when you find out that you have a serious illness, though. I made arrangements to have my current clients covered, although I didn't tell all of them what was going on - at least not until I knew more. I reached out to the other agents in my office and they generously offered to help in whatever way was needed, and even gave me a check to help cover travel expenses since I was being treated by an oncologist in another city. 

Fortunately (and that may be the biggest understatement of my life), I found out after having two different surgeries, that the cancer was not aggressive, and as far as they could tell, had not spread beyond the original tumor. No further treatment needed. We watch and wait and I will continue to have regular checkups for many years to monitor for recurrance, although the chances of that happening are small. 

So what does this have to do with real estate, you may be wondering? Well, everything and nothing. I love love love my job, and I am so grateful that I work in a field that offers me the flexiblity to remove my attention from it for a period of time and it is still there waiting for me when the time is right. I'm so grateful that I work with people who brought me meals, showed houses to my clients, and attended closings when I wasn't able to. 

Life is good, yall. Even though it is scary and unpredictible, it is REALLY REALLY dang good. There is so much that is precious in every day. And I know this may sound trite, but I am so incredibly grateful for my life. And I love being a real estate agent!

NOW....who wants to buy or sell a house? :) Cause this lady is ready to work!

Comments (3)

Maria Peace

Happy for you.  Glad that things are going much better for you.  Cute pic.

Feb 21, 2016 05:32 AM
Shawn House

Thank you so much! I'm so grateful that it turned out the way that is did. And Emma does do a cute hairdo - hehe

Feb 21, 2016 05:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shawn, that would definitely be a curve ball, and so glad the surgeries removed the cancer, and hope it never returns.  You have two beautiful girls and a husband that need you! 

Feb 21, 2016 08:33 AM
Shawn House

I do! They are very wonderfully awesome and I hope to be around for them and myself for a long, long time :) Thank you for your kind words.

Feb 21, 2016 10:54 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Shawn House Always good to hear a survivor's story - we are now "following" you!

Apr 10, 2016 04:19 AM
Shawn House

Thank you! I'm so grateful to be a survivor <3


Apr 17, 2016 06:10 AM