So here’s what I know: time marches on, and the hard part will end. Laughter heals, even if there are tears. Connection & community are everything.
On January 8, 2017, I found myself in the emergency room with severe abdominal pain. A CT Scan and an ultrasound revealed a mass on my left ovary and something else the doctors couldn’t quite make out. It was large and black and obscuring all of my internal organs.
They told me they needed to look inside to see what was happening. It would be a 1-hour laparoscopic surgery leaving me with just 3-5 small incisions.
Five hours later, I awoke with staples from my navel to my pubic bone and a colostomy bag.
One week later, in the early morning, my doctor came in and told me that the pathology had returned and it was stage IV colon cancer.
I couldn’t believe it. I was in the best shape of my life!
Apparently, a tumor that had been growing for over seven years has finally perforated my colon. The large black mass on the CT scan was fecal matter filling up my abdomen.
The next 18 months would bring
I thought it would never end. The physical discomfort. The emotional pain. The humiliation. It seemed like every time I reached the “end” of one step, two more would take its place like a Hydra. I mean...seriously?!
So, I became a warrior.
One year later, I found myself sitting in Amsterdam, cancer free, starting my own company, engaged to an amazing man, and about to become a Grandma.
Cancer taught me to relish each day and not take my body, my life or the people I love for granted. Since cancer I have quit my 15-year career to start my coaching practice focused on helping others turn the crappy things that happen in life into their superpowers.
So here’s what I know: time marches on, and “it” will end. Laughter heals, even if there are tears. Connection & community are everything. You CAN...Keep Calm and Karey On!
Cancer led me to a deeper awakening of compassion, wanting to help others going through similar situations, and wanting to heal my past wounds, especially with my family.
I no longer sweat the small stuff. I also feel like I appreciate the small moments more now and just see life through a more beautiful lens. My faith in there being so many good people in our world was restored!