My heart goes out to everyone who experiences a health crisis, but I have a kinship with this month’s cause.
In 2001, I gathered my mail from the mailbox and among my birthday cards, bills, magazines, and assorted advertisements, was a white business envelope from the clinic. Curious, I opened it even before my birthday cards and was stunned to see a form letter telling me “an abnormality had been found and I needed to call the office as soon as possible.”
I stood in the kitchen staring at the red check mark next to that life-altering statement. Just three sentences, but with those words, I became a statistic. I became the one of one in eight women who to be diagnosed in their lifetime.
I feel that I am lucky.
Yes, I am lucky in more ways than one. I was diagnosed with D.C.I.S., ductal carcinoma in situ or intraductal carcinoma), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. I didn’t need to have radiation or chemotherapy. However, three years later I became one of the 10 of 100 women who experience a reoccurrence of D.C.I.S. Again, I think I’m very, very lucky.
Yes, I’m healthy, but that’s not the only reason why I’m lucky. I view my breast cancer as a gift. It’s a blessing which has helped me step out into the world with my writing. It has allowed me to declare I am passionate about encouraging every woman I meet not to wait until you have a health crisis to take care of yourself. Don’t wait to make yourself a priority in your own life. Follow your dreams. Jump into your life and live!
Healing from breast cancer is an on-going process. The physical scars fade away, but the nagging fear that it could reoccur is always in the back of your mind. Fortunately, I know that my attitude plays an integral part in my course of treatment. When I gave myself permission to prescribe creative expression as a healing tool, everything shifted for me.
“A woman is like a tea bag, you don’t know how strong she is until you put them in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Well, I know that you can paddle awfully hard to keep your head above water while championing everyone else’s life only to end up feeling unfulfilled, ignored and silenced. Life is too short not to put yourself at the top of your To Do list.
The only hot water I want to be in is a bubble bath!
I’m loving my life and making my dreams come true. I’m helping reluctant writers demystify the writing process.
What state are you in?
Do you wear a pink ribbon…for yourself…for a loved one? Hop over to my Facebook page and tell me about it.
Thank you for sharing!