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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