I am a doer.
A controller-doer according to the personality assessments we take at work. I am a big picture person who is about results; getting my own and helping others achieve their desired results. It’s what I do. I like a challenge and I always believe the ‘cup’ is full.
Pretty positive right?
It turns out I am also positive for a deleterious mutation. To be specific, I have the BRCA1 mutation, which for me translated into a diagnosis of early stage, hormone positive, intermediate grade 3, aggressive breast cancer.
Hmm. I wasn’t expecting that…
I was (although accident prone, which could be an entirely complete and separate blog), an athletic, energetic, generally healthy, and happy person. I ate a partially healthy diet, I ran 3-5 miles a day, and I tried to maintain some degree of a work/life balance through the day-to-day stressors life brought my way.
Partial. Tried. Some degree. Stress. Given family history and taking an honest look my life style, maybe I should have been expecting it. Regardless… Now what? How do I control this? What do I do?
I choose how I live. I am accountable for the choices I make. These choices can and will impact my mind, my body, and my spirit which all work together to both heal and make me whole.
On May 17, 2012 (diagnosis day), I made an immediate decision that I was not dying of cancer. I was living with cancer and I could choose how my life played out.
By the Grace of God and the assistance of three surgeons, I am free of cancer as of August 14, 2012. It goes without saying that I’d rather not have a recurrence, so I am doing everything within my control to honor the gift of my body and create in it an environment that isn’t hospitable to cancer. As I do my part, I rely on God to do the heavy lifting for this and any other challenge in my path. I know He will as He already is!
I invite you to join me on my personal journey of healing as I document life changing habits, great tasting and healthy recipes, humbling experiences, and overwhelming blessings God has given me as a result of this health opportunity.
I am not a writer. I am a comma splicing run-on-sentence queen, so this blog will require your indulgence. I welcome input and comments, knowing each of us recognize any personal opportunities – health or otherwise – are exactly that: personal. Please respect and support the choices and decisions I make as mine, as I respect the choices and decision of others.