Cancer showed me with striking clarity that love was what mattered most in life! Love! Love for myself and strengthening loving relationships with my husband, children, family and friends. It seems so simple, yet it took coming face to face with death to gain this fresh perspective which is revolutionizing my life!
Days before my Glioblastoma diagnosis I was a fun-loving mom of 3 young children: a 4 year old daughter and 11 month old boy-girl twins. I loved to be active, explore, and squeeze the most out of life alongside my loving husband of 14 years, Ryan. I was upbeat, optimistic, faith-filled, high-energy and thriving in my career as a Pharmacist. So when the doctor told me I had one year to live I went numb with shock. How can that be? I thought, "I’m a healthy 34 year old!" The numbness gave way to grief and middle of the night sobs on my husband’s shoulder, “my kids, my kids, who’s going to look after my kids when I die?”
After my crainiotomy and completing my chemotherapy and radiation treatments, grief morphed into terror that the brain tumor would begin growing again soon. This was no way to live. In fact, it hardly felt like living at all. So, at that point I decided to begin living like I was cured. My life wasn’t over yet! And I needed to watch my kids grow up!
Here I am six years later. I’m a miracle. I’m a force of volition, grit and determination, I am lucky and privileged and loved. All these things have brought me to this place of health - some I can take credit for, some I cannot. While I don’t fully understand why the universe has placed the gift of life into my hands, I take it with gratitude and hold it as a beacon of hope for others, but also as a handshake of compassionate understanding. I’ve been there taking the broken pieces of my life and making them into something beautiful. It is possible! Never lose hope.
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I never expected to write a book, but cancer has given me a sense of purpose to help others by being honest and authentic about the emotional challenges cancer brings.
Cancer has given me a profound sense of gratitude and made me much more aware of all the good that surrounds me in both the everyday and in the extraordinary.