Thrive with Breast CancerAs I listened, I gained insight. As I gained insight, I made changes. What happened, in retrospect, was that I went from an emotional train wreck who was fragile and fearful to someone actually thriving in spite of chemotherapy and a series of large and very unwanted surgical procedures. For my type of breast cancer, the treatment goes on for at least a year. In that year, I moved from barely surviving to fully thriving.
As a breast cancer survivor, I want to help other women who are about to enter this journey, who are currently in this journey, or who are still stunned from the journey. I believe that we can ALL go from breast cancer survivors to breast cancer thrivors!For me, the transformation took a fundamental change of perspective on my diagnosis. It took a lot of help from my family, my friends, and some very fortuitous community resources, and from my openness to seek their help. It also took me making some scary decisions on a leap of faith. If you or someone you love has breast cancer, or has had the disease, I want to challenge you to ask for more than survival. Ask to thrive – how can your life get even better for you because of this 2 by 4 diagnosis and all the traumatic treatment that ensues? Is it possible? I believe it is. I am so thankful this year for not only surviving but also thriving this breast cancer ordeal. I am also grateful for the medical advances that made this possible and for the advocacy organizations, such as FORCE, that keep scientific development focused on breast cancer. There are many stories I could share with you, and likely will one day, that further detail my journey. It hasn't been easy, and there are times that I would have laughed in your face, if you told me I'd be talking about thriving with cancer today! But, through a miracle from God, the law of karma, or whatever, I am; and for that, I am thankful.