Grateful Beyond Measure | Grateful for the Blessing of my Life

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA BRE#01366594


You Have Cancer

Those were the words I heard from the surgeon who performed the biopsy in May 2012.

I will never grow tired of sharing my adventure and journey with a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis.

As bizarre as it sounds, I was not afraid. I knew I would not die from cancer. How dare it – Cancer! How dare cancer invade my body!

The first week was back to back appointments with blood work and all kinds of scans as well as a surgical procedure to insert a mediport all designed to prepare me for chemotherapy. 

After four months of aggressive treatment, I was given a month off so my body would be strong enough for surgery. 


October 11, 2012 Surgery

In my mind, this was not a big deal. It was just something that I needed to do.  My mindset during the entire time was ... this is something I need to do. All of my chemo treatments were scheduled on my calendar as "spa day".

A very dear friend brought me to the hospital.  




Cancer was a Blessing 

It truly was. The experience and journey changed me in many ways. I look at life differently. It was a wakeup call to realize that life is fleeting and can be cut short in a moment's notice.  

I became a student and learned about how food and stress create disease. It caused me to change my diet and take better care of myself.  It became important for me to live in a peaceful and joyful environment.  That meant, that some people had to go.  I could no longer allow them to kill my joy and pour toxins in my life. 

I've lost so many friends to the Cancer Beast.  I'm tearing up now as I am typing this. I think of them every single day. I know how hard they fought for their life. They so wanted to live. They did not want their life to end. In many ways, I live my life in honor of them. 


Life is a Beautiful Gift

Every day is a blessing.  I make the most of every day for tomorrow is not guaranteed. 




Gratitude is a feeling. I am grateful beyond measure for my life. I am grateful for all the beauty life has to offer.  I feel so much love for life at times it brings tears of joy to my heart.  


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November 2019 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge




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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What a good woman you are Kathleen Daniels  something I have known for years too. At some point in a persons life, they discover and become aware of the brevity of life designed to teach humility if handled correctly. This affects each one differently but collectively it is a deliberate reminder that helps us to prepare for our next phase. Any adversity presented can be like a bell-tolling that something greater and wonderful is afoot and imminent if we choose to believe it. It is then that grace tethered with mercy visits as we are prepared to meet still another phase. The Author of it all patiently awaits....

Nov 17, 2019 07:16 AM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathleen Daniels ,

I've known this but I never tire of reading your story. You are an amazing woman with so much strength and gratefulness..the beauty of life is a wonderful thing and you have full appreciation for all it has to offer.

Nov 17, 2019 07:29 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I knew your story, but reading it again still touched me. Your attitude and strength showed that cancer who was boss. And you were open to the positivie changes that came as a result of your experience. I am grateful for your life as well.

Nov 17, 2019 07:32 AM #15
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Nice post Kathleen.  Glad you're still with us!  

Nov 17, 2019 07:56 AM #16
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Not everyone looks as good as you do without hair. Seriously! You head is perfectly shaped and your ears are close to your head. So happy it's all in the past and you're doing amazingly well.

Nov 17, 2019 09:13 AM #17
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

We all learn from survivors.  Great testimony.  Thank you for sharing.

Nov 17, 2019 09:27 AM #18
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

We all need to be reminded from time to time to appreciate what we have.  Tomorrow is promised to no one.  So have you have a happy ending to one of the most feared diagnoses.  

Nov 17, 2019 10:26 AM #19
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

That is so true Shirley Coomer - Tomorrow is promised to no one.  I am living a happy ending every single day. The diagnosis did not define me or the outcome. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.  

Nov 17, 2019 10:35 AM #20
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathleen I know your story and have seen how profoundly it has made a difference in your life. You are an amazing woman full of beauty and life - and add inspirational to that list!  Your words below say it all....


It became important for me to live in a peaceful and joyful environment.

Nov 17, 2019 11:05 AM #21
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hello, my brave Friend. 

     You are such an inspiration, Kathleen.  There are so many people who need to hear your words of encouragement, of hope, and of determination. 

       Keep fighting the good fight!

Nov 17, 2019 02:27 PM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, Kathleen, you never fail to have me in tears when you talk about this. I think about how darned brave you were - you continued your work and you never shared here or publicly what you were going through. You and that amazing mind, body & soul of yours kicked cancer's ass! 

I'm totally with you about the toxic people in this world. I don't know what it is about being gifted partial insight on that topic but, I'm ever so thankful to have the sense to avoid such relationships too. However, as you well know, sometimes I miss it! 😉 

You are truly an inspiration to those who are going down this same path, Kathleen. You gave yourself an extension on life and you didn't treat it like a 'win,' you learned so much from it and have made changes that many of us need to make in our lives. 

And, that picture - O M G - I love that picture. You are so beautiful and strong - inside and out and I am so thankful to call you friend...or 'Sis!' 

One more thing - I love, love, love Bruce Walter's comment and agree wholeheartedly!

Nov 17, 2019 06:10 PM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathleen, what a great testimonial. You are truly an inspiration. I agree that every day is a blessing.

Nov 17, 2019 08:07 PM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen:

Every day IS a blessing, and it's a shame that sometimes we need a wake-up call to realize it.


Nov 18, 2019 08:09 AM #25
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

It is amazing how those words change everything. I also look at life differently as a result of hearing those words and yes, enjoying life is important and living it for others is right up there.

Nov 18, 2019 12:04 PM #26
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks for taking the time to share your story.     Like you I remember those three words all too well.   Like you, I'm very grateful to still be here, 3 years after hearing them.    Like you, I had stage 3 breast cancer.       Unlike you, I really haven't been able to write about it yet.    Hats off to you!

Nov 19, 2019 10:06 AM #27
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It seems like cancer gets diagnosed more and more--sure glad your story worked out well  !  Food and stress create disease--that could be a blog post in itself. I often wonder why those who are obviously unhealthy due to addictions, weight, smoking etc are still living into their later years yet those who do take care of their bodies, exercise, eat well--they develop cancer.  Anyway, you do have much to be thankful for!

Nov 19, 2019 01:33 PM #28
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Way too many of us live as if we’re not going to die ever, but sometimes we have to really appreciate what we have truly know how to live.

Nov 24, 2019 08:54 PM #29
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear Kathleen Daniels - You're not just a survivor, you're so much more. You are not afraid to tell your story and you give others hope. Who doesn't love to listen and learn from you? Your caring heart is genuine, not only for people but for the environment. When cancer came knocking you fought back and you read everything you could and learned so much more about how to take control of your life. And you keep teaching others how to make subtle but very important changes in their life too. God bless you!

Nov 25, 2019 10:58 AM #30
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You are an inspiration for all who have heard this diagnosis. Thank you for sharing your story and making the world a better place. Wishing you continued good health.  

Nov 29, 2019 07:39 PM #31
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510

Wow Kathleen, I'm in awe through the roof from the incredible challenges you faced.  But even more so by your response leading to the light and rainbow at the end of the tunnel for you.  

Couldn't agree more with all the comments here.  Bless you, thank you for sharing and for being the amazing example you are.

Dec 04, 2019 06:41 PM #32
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