October begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month which as a survivor, I thought perhaps I’d do a series on it and tell you my story. I’d also like to hold my hand out to anyone who needs a bit of help because this is not a journey that comes easily to those of us faced with cancer. It changes us in many ways.
Having cancer made me more aware that each day is a gift. That to live and to be grateful for The Presents of Presence (my other blog) is key to living this life. I don’t take anything for granted anymore. I appreciate my life and surround myself with people who are loving, supportive and kind. I have learned that there are those who are here with me as life-long companions and those who are only here for a season and I am grateful for all of them.
Cancer changed me in many ways. I learned that I am stronger than I ever knew I was. I found my innate strength through my battle with cancer. While I am almost to the 20th anniversary of my diagnosis, I have had the specter of cancer reappearing for almost two decades and while I feel very lucky to continue to be cancer-free, I am stilled by my doctor appointments even to this day. But it isn’t in my present thinking which is good. I look at the world and her inhabitants differently. My gratitude is immense and I count my blessings daily. To even awaken every morning is a gift. I marvel at nature. I am incredibly grateful for my children, my loved ones and for those who connect with me. I have been given many angels along the way.
While I have endured complications since my diagnosis and the road hasn’t been easy, I have come to know that it was all worth it. I have learned much more than I ever would have in any other way and while I wish I hadn’t endured it, I am grateful for it. I am grateful for the change in mindset, the inner knowing which has come from it and the peace that lives in my heart now.
I am full of scars that one can see and some that aren’t visible to the eye. With each scar, there’s a story of strength and endurance. I wouldn’t change my life and all of the experiences that happened to me. I am a better human soul because of it. I know that life is short and I want to make the most loving impact I can while I’m here.
I have volunteered with the American Cancer Society, helping other women through their Breast Cancer journey. I have privately helped others as well. I volunteer with other groups online to hopefully guide other people battling cancer to peace.
I am here to help in any way I can. Reach out if you need a friend. I’m listening.
3 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
My eldest daughter is also a cancer survivor like you Yvonne sadly my youngest daughter has her first chemo on the 12th of this month…I am scared for her…you are absolutely correct it changes you and for the better, it makes you grateful for each day you wake up…from my perspective I can’t (as) mums do kiss it better, I can’t put cream or plaster on it…my child is in the care of someone else whom I have to trust will do their best for her..that’s hard…Thank you for following CarolCooks2 …
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Carol, I will keep your daughters and you in my prayers. I am sure that you’re being present with loving support with help to heal her while she endures chemo. Sending hugs to you and yours
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Yvonne, Thank you …
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