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Dec132011

Reflections, and a Happy Birthday for Good Measure!

It has been longer than usual since I have written here. My work schedule has been worse than hectic, and it has kept me from doing the things I love; such as running regularly and writing this blog. I know, I know.....I would be the first person to tell myself that there are never any excuses,  and if it's important enough, one can ALWAYS find time.

Writing takes a certain mindset, though. I have been writing a fair number of speeches at work lately, and when you spend the better part of your day doing that, or writing lines, it's not always possible to go home and write some more. The creative juices in my battery were low, or non existant!

What got me through this hectic few weeks was meditation. I did get a run or two in, but not consistently. It has been the longest time of sporadic running since I picked up the sport close to six years ago. Meditation has taken on an importance this week. I will be turning fifty. Yes....the big five-O....or half a century, like my girls love to tease me with.

A milestone birthday is a special one. I am not one of those people that stresses out about turning a year older, nor do I become a drama queen and lament about how it's the end of life as I know it. No....I'm someone who spends the few....or even several.....weeks prior to it really looking back at my life, and readjusting my affirmations for my vision of the future.

Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my life has changed significantly. And I will tell anyone who asks me that it changed for the better.  It hasn't defined the person I am now. It more or less gave me an ultimatum in life. Crap, or get off the pot.

Obviously I didn't get off the pot....

I am very ambitious as I begin the next half century of my life. I will continue to exercise and keep fit, meditate, and write this blog. I have started some public speaking, and enjoy telling my story. I even wrote a chapter about my experience for a soon to be published book More than anything, though, I want to make a difference for cancer patients and survivors. Through word, speaking and example, I want to inspire people to be positive, loving and strong. Providing the inspiration is my best contribution towards keeping people healthy and preventing chronic diseases from impacting your life, or the lives of your loved ones.

I look back at my personal quest for my cure, and can say that I am proud of the way I lived through that period of my life. You never know how you're going to react to the news when you get it. You learn to go with the ups and downs, and a positive attitude really can make a difference. Running helped me through these tough times as well. I ran a 5k race after my third chemotherapy treatment, and was almost laughing out loud as I urged myself on in my mind...."You go chemo girl!".

But what I am the most proud of during my time of treatment was the example I provided to my three daughters. They, too, had a choice when I was diagnosed. Although I would never underestimate the difficult times they experienced over their concern for my well being; particularly during the long day of waiting through my ten and a half hour surgery, they also chose to look at the glass half full. Today they are beautiful, smart and strong soon-to-be women, who have witnessed, first hand, that you can accomplish anything you put your heart and mind into. They are putting that knowledge and experience into practice today, and I couldn't be more proud of them.

And so, as I sit here, only days before my big celebration, I can't be happier to be part of, as the American Cancer Society puts it, "the official sponsor of birthdays". I'm still here! And not only that....I will be celebrating five years cancer free in another few months. I may not have taken the road most traveled, but the bumps, twists and turns along the way have taught me to navigate well. I am at peace, and I am confident for the future.

Happy birthday, old girl!

 

 

 

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