"If cancer could speak, what would it say? This video answers that and it might just piss you off. There are so many emotions that swirl through your head when you are diagnosed with cancer. Holding my mother's hand as she died from ovarian cancer and then to be diagnosed a year later has made me question what am I not learning here."
If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer, and you feel like I do- chances are you are trying to repair a relationship with your body, a body that you feel has betrayed or abandoned you.
Surgeries, amputations, chemotherapy, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss, radiation, burns, rashes, sores- these are just the tip of the ice burg when it comes to the myriad of body issues we face as Cancer Students (and Grads). So, how do I rebuild a stronger, more confident house after cancer has marched in and burned it to the ground? I'll share with you the foundation that I'm laying to rebuild my own body confidence.
Tomorrow marks one of my favorite holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving. It is a non-denominational holiday that revolves around the celebration and tradition rooted in the first Thanksgiving dinner- a time when Native Americans and Pilgrims came together to break bread, celebrate harvest and connect, despite any perceived differences.
Thanksgiving provides us a yearly opportunity to recognize those things for which we are grateful. For me, one of those things has been cancer. OK, maybe not cancer itself, but my experience with cancer. I am absolutely grateful for it. How cancer became the catalyst for me to make the connection between a joyful life and practicing gratitude.