Hearing about my friend and his relapse has caused some reflection on my own experiences with cancer, my search for answers and finding peace. The following are things I learned along the way with being a cancer warrior myself.
- I discovered joy, happiness and self worth.
- I rocked a bald head proudly and refused to wear hats and scarves (unless it was windy or cold outside).
- It taught me to live in the present moment.
- Stop avoiding emotional pain, because when I avoid I create physical disease.
- It saved my life.
- It was not a "trial," it was an opportunity to let God heal my heart.
- It is one of my greatest blessings.
- I learned to receive the love God has for me.
- I learned to receive the love that friends, family, doctors, nurses and complete strangers have for me.
- I learned that as I receive love, my heart expands and I give love more sincerely and authentically.
- I had a second chance at life (2x).
- Sometimes healing looks differently then I expect.
- Just because someone transitions and passes on into the next life doesn't mean they didn't receive the healing they needed or deserve.
- If I had a chance to rewrite my life's journey with cancer, I wouldn't change it because of the lessons learned and blessings received from the experience.
Once again, I choose to embrace my cancer journey with gratitude. I am continually learning that healing is a choice every day of my life and a journey back to God.
Friends, I invite each of you to take a look at what you and others might look at as a struggle, trial or crisis and find the blessings and truth in your own life and experiences.
My sister, Rebekah and me right before I shaved my head. I honestly did not know how thin my hair was or how sickly I looked until after I shaved it.
Two of my best friends Jill, Rhianna and me right after shaving my head for the first time. Jill offered to shave it for me and did a fabulous clean smooth job. This night I learned a lot about the fixed beliefs we have about hair. Well, I have never felt more beautiful or radiant then I did that night. This is the night I decided to rock the baldness.