This time last year, I was in northern Italy on vacation. A few weeks later, I had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. It has been an interesting year, to say the least. (Funny. My mother always says, “it’s interesting,” when she doesn’t like something.)
I am one of the lucky ones. My doctors spotted early-stage breast cancer on a routine mammogram. Surgery cured me; I did not need radiation or chemo. They tell me I am no more likely to develop cancer in the other breast than anyone else. You could say that I had “breast cancer lite.”
And, yet, recovering from the “big C” is not a “lite” experience. After all of the procedures (three surgeries), the scars remain; my body will never be the same. I grieve for the loss.
What’s next is up to me. I am responsible for my emotional and spiritual healing, and for my continued physical well-being. Practicing self-care is important — critically important.
Today, I’m practicing gratitude. I am glad to be alive and well. I am grateful for my husband and for my family and friends. I’m thankful for time with my granddaughters, for weekends in wine country and trips to faraway places. I am appreciative of so much… and very happy to be here to enjoy it all.
What are you grateful for? Consider keeping a daily Gratitude Journal. It really helps put things in perspective, and it’s a great stress-reliever. Please share some of your blessings in the comments below. THANK YOU!