Motivational Monday - Being the Best - The Challenge is ON

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Motivational Monday - Being the Best - The Challenge is ON

Some days...I believe that all outcomes in life, of which we have a choice, are based upon our attitude. When challenged, many will shy away from the challenge, while others take the challenge head-on.

 

I'm reminded of my oncology patients from back in my nursing days; it seemed that every patient who was diagnosed with cancer asked the question, "How long do I have [to live], doctor?"

 

Without having performed a scientific study during those days, I will attest to being keenly aware of my patients' responses to the doctors' response, regardless of the time-line that was given. You see, to some, it really didn't matter, they were going to accept what the doctor said as gospel. While they were saddened by the time-line, they were going to get their affairs in order and 'wait' - they did not want to fight; in fact, some didn't even think to fight.

 

And then there were the fighters! No matter what the doctor's prognosis or time-line, they used that as their 'bar' and by golly, they were going to 'beat' the bar...and they did. Every. Single. Time. Some lived for years after the diagnosis, cancer-free - they fought, their family supported their fight and trust me, NEVER was there a moment that the fight was easy - NEVER. But, they fought the fight and they rallied. 

 

To be the best...


Not all were able to win the war but, the most of the fighters did win the 'bar battle' and they won it proudly. 

 

I could write a book on my experiences with patients and their battles, fought and won, fought and lost. One tenacious patient, a well-known philanthropist here in Charlotte, didn't mind me (or anyone, for that matter) seeing her at her worst. She was fighting and she knew it wasn't a pretty fight.

Invitation

 

I'll never forget my excitement when I received the invitation to visit her in her penthouse suite in a very upscale area here in Charlotte. The invitation was for a gathering in her home, after hours and, of course, a couple of months after her discharge from my care. 

 


When I arrived, she was dressed in a beautiful suit that fitted her to a 't' - including the few (much needed) additional pounds she had put on since we last saw one another. Her hair was meticulously coiffed - she was stunningly beautiful! 

 

Her comment to me, and I'll never forget it, "You never judged me. You always loved me no matter how bad my day was going. The entire time, I looked forward to this moment - the moment that you and my family could see me like this - me again."

 

If you or anyone you know has ever faced the cancer challenge head-on, you KNOW that fight and you know how hard that fight is and how astonishing it is to be on the remission side of that fight.

 

Whether you're fighting cancer or any other illness, a challenge at work or at home, know that the fight is worth it; it won't be a pretty fight but, in the end, totally worth it.

 

Now, have yourselves a fabulous Monday!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Motivational Monday Being the Best - The Challenge is ON

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Lyn Sims
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Great story Debe about never giving up.

Aug 13, 2019 12:16 PM #38
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John Henry
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Fantastic assessment of will to live in the face of terrible odds.  Thanks very much, Debe!  These accounts should keep getting posted here.  They help us all!
Thank you very much.

Aug 13, 2019 01:22 PM #39
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Love ya doll never give up the fight  You are the BEST  will email you 

Aug 13, 2019 02:03 PM #40
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Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS .  Thank you for sharing this.  It is especially meaningful to me as my niece was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is just 27 years old and has two young daughters.  I firmly believe she will be one of those strong women that will win the battle.  Thanks again.

Aug 13, 2019 10:59 PM #41
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Great story , Debe Maxwell, CRS  This reminds of this quote:

  • You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. ...
Aug 14, 2019 07:21 AM #42
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Beautiful story Debe Maxwell, CRS . Your client is a true fighter in every sense.

Aug 14, 2019 09:36 AM #43
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Debe,

Thank you for sharing this encouraging story of your cancer fighters-and winners!

Aug 14, 2019 01:44 PM #44
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Good evening Debe Maxwell, CRS - that is a fight.  I know those who have fought it an won.

Aug 14, 2019 02:40 PM #45
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debe, what an awesome and inspirational post, talk about timely one of my dear friends/ coworker and partner in my  largest land listing....she fought a heroic battle that went on for three years and sadly cancer got her five days ago. She never gave it and fought on day in and day out... ironically she never thought that she would lose the battle, Endre

Aug 14, 2019 06:43 PM #46
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Your last statement tells me exactly why she was able to extend her life 3 more amazing years, Endre Barath, Jr. - 'She never thought that she would lose the battle.'  That makes a world of difference in your fight.

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. After knowing how hard she fought, I know it breaks your heart that she is gone but, know that her fight gave her 3 more years with you, her friends and family. 

Aug 17, 2019 08:50 PM #47
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Now that's a fight, James Dray! I love that the cancer didn't get him but, be careful with the familial history of heart disease, James. Be sure to keep a check on yours too!

Aug 17, 2019 08:52 PM #48
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You're so welcome, Wendy Rulnick! SO good to see you here. I hope you're doing well!

Aug 17, 2019 08:53 PM #49
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She and many more of my patients taught me so many lessons on tenacity, Lyn Sims. They were all truly motivational!

Aug 17, 2019 08:55 PM #50
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Oh, aren't you kind, John Henry! I'm happy to share and you know, they motivate me too. Recounting some of the experiences of my patients in my previous life helps get me through tough times sometimes as well!

Aug 17, 2019 08:57 PM #51
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Hey Doll! Love you too and I am 100% confident we will get through this - it's just a matter of time. That time includes smiles and tears - we take the good with the bad, right, Hannah Williams?  

Aug 17, 2019 08:59 PM #52
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Hi Jim Patton! I am so sorry to hear about your niece but, I do expect that with her being a fighter, she'll win - especially with you in her corner.  

Aug 17, 2019 09:02 PM #53
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Abby Stiller, I LOVE that quote and it's so true - it's the ONLY option in my opinion. At least, in my mind, it's the only one with a possible positive outcome! Right?

Aug 17, 2019 09:03 PM #54
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She truly was, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - she has inspired me on numerous occasions when standing with Ray to fight a battle. She taught me a lot about tenacity, as did many of my patients!

Aug 17, 2019 09:04 PM #55
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Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! You're so welcome - my patients taught me so much about the power of fighting and the will to live.

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It truly is a fight - the fight of your life - and those who I have watched give it all they've got, truly inspire me in life, Grant Schneider!

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