There's a time for readiness - not everyone is there. You think you can make everyone realize that time can stand still when you least expect it - that your calendar full of appointments can dissolve in a phone call, that the only really important things are family and friends but not everyone is ready for that. Sometimes you can't change people till they are ready to listen. Maybe that's why we relate to survivors - they had that wake up call - any adversity and they know what it's like for all the balls to fall. i remember being almost jealous of the people who didnt think that could happen to them - because that used to be me! Now I'm changed, not by choice, cancer happened... I chose to fight, I chose to notice my second chance. Read More
Inspired by a conversation, one of those people who change you, a beautiful person, a saying that stayed with me..... She who leaves a trail of glitter Is never forgotten… You find these people in a few moments of conversation. Those people you feel connected to and think in the same philosophy. Choosing… Read More
I could have blamed the sideways wind, the damp court, the cold weather on my aching joints when I was not connecting with the ball but what would that prove – no excuses I say to myself. If I blame it on something else, how can I expect to overcome these adversities? Playing tennis outside is a different… Read More
As you probably know, if you don’t find me at work or on the tennis court or maybe buying some shoes, I am deep in thought in my art. Sometimes I wish my mind would quieten down but I love to hear it thinking now after the disconnected chemo brain that so hurtfully slowed it to a tiring, rusty slowness.… Read More
Control – my biggest problem in dealing with cancer. Like an avalanche, it knocked me sideways and just as I tried to gain control, I lost it again and again. That horrible feeling as you desperately try to find the path through all the results, and topped off by the BRCA that knocked me sideways again, lead… Read More
I am a 48 yo Family Physician diagnosed with bilateral invasive breast cancer 1 yr ago. I underwent bilateral mastecomies, simultaneous reconstuction, node sampling then axillary dissection, chemo x 4 1/2 mnth then hysterectomy after significant BRCA mutation results. I used art therapy and writing therapy to help me manage and now back at work, it is more rewarding than ever, able to help people at a whole new level mentally and physically deal with cancer and anxiety in general.