It’s not like I didn’t have plenty of “causes” to choose from before getting cancer. Between grappling with anxiety for much of my life, being a single parent, and having a child with autism, I have enough causes to write my own “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. I am not the type to take things lying down, and each challenge in life has kicked me into action. For example, to help me be a better autism mom, I have become a self-made expert in the area of autism (really, ask me anything). I have also read hundreds of self help books to help me cope with my anxiety. However cancer is the one thing that has motivated me to action to help other people, and therefore I consider it my cause. Before you block me from Facebook, or change your phone number, I assure you I will not come to you looking for money to support my cause (well, hardly ever). You see, my cause is not to raise money, or to help find a cure for cancer, but rather to help others living with this disease to adopt a more positive attitude. I have therefore decided that when I feel strong and healthy enough, I am going to enroll into a program of study to become a Certified Cancer Coach.
In the past year, I have endured countless tests and procedures, three surgeries resulting in the loss of left breast and associated lymph nodes, six rounds of chemo therapy and 25 radiation treatments. In that same year, I met my soul mate and fell in love, I started blogging, I accepted an offer to be guest speaker at a breast cancer event, and I was published in a popular national magazine . The moral of the story is this: just because you have cancer, does not mean that you have to lie down and die. Best selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn says: “…as long as you are breathing there is more right with you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.” Even if the cancer has advanced to stage 4, life goes on. Take my new friend, Dana Blackwood Cox, for example. Despite having recently discovered that her breast cancer has metastasized, she is recording her first album and her song, “No Time For You” will help to raise money for breast cancer. Now that is what I call living life to its fullest!
Tip: Don’t let cancer put your dreams on hold. Live every day to its fullest.