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What I’ve learned from being a woman diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 would fill a book. In fact, on many occasions I’ve attempted to write that book, but I never quite finish it. Perhaps because it’s never really over once you’re diagnosed with an illness. It lingers, it teaches, it reminds us with occasional bouts of unease. I don’t call myself a survivor ~ I think I’m more of an endurer.
Life is a journey of endurance ~ we take baby steps, sometimes forward and backward which I’d like to refer to as doing the cha cha instead of anything else. Because this is earth school and it can’t all be hard. There has to be some fun in it, even when it is hard. For me, the idea of dancing lends itself to freedom, to soothing music, to partnering with helpful friends and family along the way and finally movement – forward and backward so that we never stay stagnant. Because we learn. We grow. We experience situations and relationships. We process those feeling associated with them. We uncover truths about ourselves.
We find that we are stronger than we ever knew we could be. Cancer gives us the opportunity to tap into the strength and courage that is innately ours and find our divine selves.
Cancer causes us to question our life’s purpose. It can be seen as a time out, and perhaps even a reset to help us to align with what’s important. It is a coming together of people in supportive roles to help us through the journey. It is a wake-up call for sure if one chooses to wake up to our inner source of love and soul.
My cancer journey has had many twists and turns over the years. It has not been an easy path, but there is much to be grateful for in my case. I have gained so much from the experience and have been able to help many others along the way because of my experience. While I don’t recommend getting cancer to experience the inner richness of this life school, I am grateful that I am still here to share and to help others along the way in this capacity.
It is the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month so that’s why I’m posting this as I am here for you. I have been where you are. I have endured the chemo, the loss of hair, multiple surgeries, radiation, fearful sleepless nights and the fallout from the diagnosis and continued battle.
But I am still here to experience The Presents of Presence in this lifetime and for that, I am forever grateful.