Hi everyone, I want to share my celebration with you that today, May 7, 2015, marks 5 years since the day of my cancer diagnosis in 2010.
The so-called “5-year survival rate” refers to the percentage of patients who are alive at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. It’s certainly not an indicator of being cancer-free, or what the chances are for recurrence, but it seems like a good time for me to celebrate and recognize how I am today – which is pretty darned good!
The past 5 years have been especially marked by:
- Continuous learning for whole-person, integrative healthcare to change the internal environment of my body so I could heal and stay healthy.
- Paying my learnings forward by helping others with their cancer journey.
The most unexpected outcome of all, however, has been the discovery of internal strength that meditation and mindfulness has given to me, and now I teach this to others individually, in groups and in corporate workplaces. My life has changed quite dramatically in the past 5 years – and surprisingly, for the better.
Every time I teach, I learn.
Every time I help someone with their struggles in life, I feel my purpose.
You often hear people with cancer say that it was the best thing that ever happened to them – I’m not sure I would actually go as far to say that(!), but it did give me a hard kick in the pants and many things are so much better as a result. I still have some health issues, and some days the fatigue is depressing, but overall, I feel fortunate.
I send my gratitude to all of you who read my blog; somehow this makes a wonderful connection between us all.
Life certainly can be pretty hard at times, but remember, all the difficulties as well as the joys, are part of the human experience.
Don’t let life pass you by.
See life as an adventure.
Choose to live in joy, not fear.
All the best to you all,