Humor for the Tumor | October Challenge

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

The October Challenge is about sharing stories on what changes we have made in our personal and/or business life from July 1st, 2020 to the present.
We are asked to share what worked and what has not worked as we had expected.


Story #3 – Humor for the Tumor


Laughter is such great medicine. Finding things to laugh about seems to get easier as we move into the month of October 2020.

2020 in so many ways has been one 💩 show after another. While many things are not funny, or things we would not laugh at or about, it has become exponentially more important for me, both personally and professionally, to find something that makes me laugh!


Sometimes it is me that I am laughing at!


October is a special month for me. It is not only the month of my birth; it is breast cancer awareness month, and it is the month I get to celebrate a second birthday.

8 years ago, on October 11, 2012, following 4 months of chemotherapy, and endless medical appointments, I had breast and lymph node surgery. I have shared my story about the journey here before and every year thereafter.  I will continue to share my story of hope, faith, and gratitude for my life. Too many others do not get to tell their story. 



Speaking of laughing at myself. To this day, I laugh my butt off at the fact that I painted on my eyebrows on surgery day.  We don't just lose the hair on our head with chemo!  I can only hope the doctors and nurses in the surgery room had fun with that as well! Really?  Now that is FUNNY! 


The cancer diagnosis was a gift that allowed me to transform my life. If we want to talk about digging deep, baby that was DEEP.

The lessons of that experience reside within me, live all around me, and work through me every day of my life, which includes my real estate business.



Consulting with people is a big part of my business day. Listening to people creates a connection. It amazes me how many people I consult with share that they had cancer. After listening to them tell their story I congratulate them on their “win” and then share that I too won against the Big C.


I also consult with people who become clients because cancer took their loved one’s life. It is always sad for me to hear this. Always. My eyes well up typing the words.

It is always sad for me.

It. Just. Is.


Yet, it reminds me my work is not done here. No matter how spooky life challenges get, we get to choose how we respond to them.

While cancer and death are nothing to laugh about, when life’s challenges knock me down, I intentionally find something to make me laugh. 


Humor worked with cancer treatment over 8 years ago. It works today to help overcome the various 💩 shows that life chooses to throw my way.  


Let Humor, Kindness, and Love Lead the Way!

Life is Short. Live it Fully! 

October Challenge - To Think is To Create Hosted by Anna and Carol, a sequel to the June Challenge Rising above the Pandemic.



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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am convinced that laughter and humor are among the most powerful healers on earth.  You have reason to celebrate this day, Kathleen!

Oct 11, 2020 03:32 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathleen, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 11, 2020 03:32 PM #9
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I admire your strength so much.  Yes laughter is good for the soul and when you mix it with the strength and bravery you hold inside it makes for one tough lady with a beautiful smile!  Celebrate Every Day!!

Oct 11, 2020 04:49 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kathleen- I can remember the first time I read of your story and you have been an inspiration for me when I'm looking for someone with a Kick A__ attitude. For me, I love to laugh and try to find something to laugh about every day. Keep inspiring us. 

Oct 11, 2020 04:57 PM #11
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist You are a triumphant survivor. Thanks for sharing your story with us and how you are helping your clients. 

Oct 11, 2020 05:21 PM #12
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...



Oct 11, 2020 06:38 PM #13
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

So very happy for you as you have traveled a tough journey. However, you have done it with a warrior strength and a great attitude.

Oct 11, 2020 09:24 PM #14
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I hope you did something memorable on your anniversary yesterday! I really do believe laughter breaks up the ice when other people look so grim. As long as there is breath and doctors say they can do something, that's worth the fight to put on a smile, laugh a little and when you put others at ease, it makes them more comfortable and the patient too!

Way to go, Kathleen! You have so much to give and we have so much to learn from you. Virtual hugs to you today and always.


Oct 12, 2020 03:03 AM #15
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yours is an inspiring story! And yes, laughter is great medicine, in every part of our life. 

Congratulations on your second birthday!

Oct 12, 2020 04:58 AM #16
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kathleen,

So wonderful that you turned your experience into something that can help others and that you have such a good attitude about it. Keep it up.

Oct 12, 2020 06:59 AM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It takes a lot of courage to share your story.  I am sure that this has encouraged and will continue to encourage others with similar challenges.  You are a role model for all.  Thank you.

Oct 12, 2020 11:44 AM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen:

What a wonderful entry for the October Challenge. You are such a powerful role model (and not just about your cancer) and certainly had the right attitude about dealing with your cancer from the beginning, but about sharing the transformation that it brought to your life.


Oct 12, 2020 12:03 PM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen I remember it like it was yesterday and indeed I saw the transformation right here on this platform, stay safe and healthy, Endre

Oct 12, 2020 09:56 PM #20
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Thank you for sharing your story Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist .  We never really know what people are carrying around in their histories.  Your attitude is a beautiful one and I wish you many happy moments within many birthdays.  

Oct 13, 2020 05:01 AM #21
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Enjoyed reading this blog today! Just about every day I hear about someone dying from cancer, getting diagnosed with cancer, starting treatment--it is EVERYWHERE.  So glad to hear you are a survivor with an emphasis on humor--that's how I get through the day--listening to comics on podcasts and the late night TV shows.

Oct 13, 2020 07:36 AM #22
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Reading your comment brought a big smile to my face 😁
I do not know what I would do with funny things to watch and listen to - humor is a part of my daily life.  Thank you for your comment Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR 

Oct 13, 2020 10:16 AM #23
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

A lot of people are inspired because of your posts! 

Oct 14, 2020 06:29 AM #24
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your story.

Take care and be safe.

Oct 15, 2020 08:08 AM #25
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I am thrilled you are here telling your story. As for the eyebrows, I'm sure everyone appreciated it - doubt they would poke fun over someone trying to feel better and more confident about themselves. 

Oct 24, 2020 08:33 AM #26
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Kathleen, since i know you personally, I must say that your humor is one of the many fine personality traits you possess!  Have a great day!

Oct 27, 2020 07:54 AM #27
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