Survivor - Breast Cancer
Twist on Cancer: It never occurred to me that being diagnosed with breast cancer and beginning a journey that could be so very frightening, as well as emotionally and physically taxing, could actually bring such positive emotions and a greater sense of being. Throughout my battle, I found that I was much stronger than I ever thought I could be and my experience gave me a sense of empowerment that I cannot fully articulate. When I was diagnosed, I instinctively wanted and needed to take control, I wouldn't allow cancer to define who I was…who I am…or how I would live my life. The path I chose to take throughout my journey awakened and inspired me, it made me more determined than ever to accept and welcome new challenges, as well as add a bit more spontaneity to my life. However, the journey doesn't end once treatment is completed, it's actually just beginning. Since diagnosis, life changed significantly in many ways and I recognize that it is up to me to learn how to navigate this new normal. It's a journey that will continue to evolve and change as the days, months and years pass and I'll do my very best to channel positive energy into my life each and every day. Every moment is precious and I'm incredibly grateful to be alive and be able to continue sharing my life with my beautiful, loving family and dear friends, creating memories that will be forever cherished. No one chooses to hear the words, "You have cancer," but I recognize and appreciate the importance of keeping my cup half full. “The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.” ~Benny Lewis.