Breast cancer Awareness month is ending and I want to end it on a positive note for those who have endured the disease, for the family members who have witnessed their loved ones’ trials and tribulations and for those who have passed away.
Breast cancer took away much from my life mentally, physically and emotionally. But the experience gave me even more than I ever expected possible. I’m not making light of the hellish experiences those of us with the disease have endured or the worry and caretaking that our families gave to us during those hard times.
For me, it showed me so much insight that I would not be the woman I am today if I hadn’t endured the disease. Even though I wish I could have never endured what I did or the fall out that changed my life forever and changed my relationships eventually, I stand firm in not regretting the experience.
I cannot blame my breast cancer for my divorce, but I can say that it put undue strain on our marriage. How could it not? But I will forever be grateful to my ex-husband for the love and support he gave to me during those hard times. Part of the reason I am here was because he believed in me and that was a precious gift for which I am ever grateful.
Breast cancer opened doors for me into learning. It gave me the platform which has blossomed into The Presents of Presence for in the beginning I felt driven to help other women to find the grace in the experience. My spirituality soared afterwards and continues to grow with each passing day.
There is always a new dawn and with that sunshine comes possibility, hope and renewal. Putting the past behind us, we can face the new day with glory, gratitude and happiness. I know that some days it feels impossible to be upbeat because with breast cancer there are surgeries, recovery, chemotherapy, radiation and a plethora of other painful reminders of the reality of enduring the disease. But what keeps me going is the knowledge that every day is another chance to live life to the best of my ability, to shine my heartlight and to connect with all who cross my path.