Choosing Meaningful Memories Over Fear

Choosing Meaningful Memories Over Fear

Tweet How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be. ~ Elizabeth Lessor Fear ran my life for as long as I could remember. From the terror of the first day of a new school – what if the kids didn’t like me – to the fear that I...

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On Making Impossible Choices

On Making Impossible Choices

Tweet Exposed. A flimsy gown, the glare of fluorescent lights, the dog-eared pamphlets and outdated magazines. In an instant, time unravels. Five years slips away to another waiting room and another decision forced into my hands. To remove my breasts. Cut out the risk of a future diagnosis. Dismantle me. I grip the vinyl seat, breathe deeply through my nose and the scent of antiseptic triggers an onslaught of PTSD induced images. A resident...

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Donna’s Legacy – How A “Little Thing” Made All The Difference

Donna’s Legacy – How A “Little Thing” Made All The Difference

Tweet Although we shared the same middle name and the same DNA, it took 11 years for us to meet. She was the elusive second cousin I referred to in doctors’ appointments when discussing the mutated gene dotting my family tree. The one my Grandmother told me about over cups of steaming tea on Sunday mornings. The one I thought of with every trip into the depths of the MRI machine. Donna blazed a trail for me. She faced breast cancer and won. Had...

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The Truth About My Broken Heart, Cancer, and How Africa Healed Them Both

The Truth About My Broken Heart, Cancer, and How Africa Healed Them Both

Tweet An angel, my friends had called him. He appeared after my diagnosis. Showed up – as if out of thin air – when nothing made sense. He promised if we could make it through cancer, we could make it through anything. But, cancer’s emotional marathon proved too tough. The crazy-making chemotherapy drugs. The constant tears in the lead up to my double mastectomy. The inability to empty my post-surgery drains or take a bath...

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When Synchronicity Shows Up Just In Time

When Synchronicity Shows Up Just In Time

Tweet Choosing to live an unconventional life in order to follow your dreams is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are days when you stare at a spreadsheet of budget figures until your eyes burn, when nothing is gelling and when you want to shut yourself in a dark room and seal the door. Because even amidst all of the joy and satisfaction that comes with living for a purpose greater than yourself, you’re depleted, overwhelmed, and...

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