When I decided just a few days ago to focus my main blog on my experiences with breast cancer and how it changed my life, I had no idea that right here in Nashville a group of women have started an organization focusing on that very thing! I didn’t even realize that June 2nd was National Cancer Survivors’ Day, and I totally missed it.
From their website:
To transform survivorship from a mood into a movement by empowering, educating, and connecting women whose lives have been touched by cancer.
To establish a network where women affected by cancer can find their voice, improve their quality of life, and embrace their new normal.
It’s time that we cancer survivors, male or female, embrace the fact that, as Judy says, we are winners, not just survivors. We beat the Big C, and for the vast majority of us it has thrust us onto our own unique paths of personal growth, spiritual growth, personal change, and self-improvement.
In the days to come, I will speak more about me and my personal experiences, and also give you tips about how to start on the path to creating your best life possible. For many people, including myself, the initial diagnosis is a horrendous and life-altering experience which, once lived through, becomes a blessing in disguise.
When are you a cancer survivor?
I had the honor to be asked to speak last October for a breast cancer event at Vanderbilt, and one of the other speakers asked me when I considered myself a survivor. I honestly had never considered it. You can be certain that insurance companies have a vastly different definition than we do! After I gave it some thought, I told her that I considered myself a survivor as soon as I heard the results of my biopsy. For me, I would accept no other outcome.
So, welcome to my new blog! There are some older posts on here that really do belong here, and because I haven’t been blogging long, I just decided to keep everything. I’ll announce my other blogs as I get them up and running, but let’s just say I have a lot of different interests, and a lot of things to say. And after beating cancer, I don’t care who knows it!