Monday, April 10, 2017


Shortly after I completely my treatment I had the pleasure of attending a short retreat for young Breast Cancer patients/survivors.  This was the first year of this retreat, which was started by another young breast cancer survivor, whose story I had heard about through one of the nurses.  Like me, she was healthy, young, yoga lover and had the toughest time with chemo.  It wasn't until I was at the retreat that I realized she was THE person whose story was being told to me as an inspiration. When I met her in person, she was a true inspiration.  Someone who fought and won, and was ready to get on with her life.

I didn't keep in touch with her, but I know she has a blog and every so often I would check in to read her posts.  It wasn't too long after the retreat, I was shocked to find out that she had been diagnosed with stage 4, the disease was found in her bones.  But, she continued to fight through with such positive out look on life, I was almost certain in no time, she would have created a miracle for herself.

Sadly, when I thought of looking her up again two days ago, I found her obituary.  She had just passed away this February.  I was shocked, speechless, my heart sank to the bottom of my feet.  She was a person I secretly admired and looked up to.  She was about 2 years older than me.  All of a sudden, all the fear came rushing back to me.  I felt paralyzed for the entire night.

As I am writing about this I am still so saddened and shaken by the news of her passing.  Cancer sucks!  Life sucks! Life is unfair.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing we can do to change that.  But the only thing we can do is change how we face those adversities.  This is another wake up call for me, a reminder of how precious and fragile life can be.  Being alive, and healthy is the most priceless gift we have.  So cherish it!  Live it! and Enjoy it!


1 comment:

SunnyDay said...

Sorry to hear of her passing. You have good advice though, make the most of your time.