In 2008, several months after my 65th birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer.
Initially, I couldn’t move past the negative and fearful thoughts about:
- chemotherapy medications;
- radiation treatment;
- dying slowly and painfully; and
- death, itself.
I didn’t see any value in expressing gratitude for the:
- early stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis;
- network of supportive family and friends; as well as
- access to quality health care and treatment.
Four months after the diagnosis, I learned about a local breast cancer support group and connected with a caring group of African-American women. Every month, we came together to:
- listen, empathize, and support each other; as well as
- plan activities and events to promote breast cancer awareness in the African-American community.
Five years ago, I retired and moved to Florida. Physically, 2,000 miles separate me from my breast cancer sisters. Emotionally and spiritually, I stay connected to Sisters4Cure. Through them, I opened up space to receive and accept that living life to the fullest is possible even with breast cancer.
Today, I neither fear:
- Breast Cancer, which entered my life in 2008, for it happened in my Past, nor
- Death, which will happen, but it is in my Future.
And, I am grateful for making the Choice to let go of Hopelessness and Live in the Present Moment.