Breast Cancer: Hopelessness to Living in the Present Moment

In 2008, several months after my 65th birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer.

image
Word Swag Graphic created by SeasonedSistah2

Initially, I  couldn’t move past the negative and fearful thoughts about:

  • chemotherapy medications;
  • radiation treatment;
  • balding;
  • dying slowly and painfully; and
  • death, itself.

I didn’t see any value in expressing gratitude for the:

  • early stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis;
  • network of supportive family and friends; as well as
  • access to quality health care and treatment.

Four months after the diagnosis, I learned about a local breast cancer support group and connected with a caring group of African-American women.  Every month, we came together to:

  • listen, empathize, and support each other; as well as
  • plan activities and events to promote breast cancer awareness in the African-American community.

Five years ago, I retired and moved to Florida.  Physically, 2,000 miles separate me from my breast cancer sisters.  Emotionally and spiritually, I stay connected to Sisters4Cure.  Through them, I opened up space to receive and accept that living life to the fullest is possible even with breast cancer.

Today, I neither fear:

  • Breast Cancer, which entered my life in 2008, for it happened in my Past, nor
  • Death, which will happen, but it is in my Future.

And, I am grateful for making the Choice to let go of Hopelessness and Live in the Present Moment.

 

Author: SeasonedSistah2

During this final season life, I am going on a journey to define "ME." Opening up and going outside of my comfort zone to redefine ME.. Exploring and pursuing new interests that will lead to personal happiness, serenity, and tranquility. In undertaking this mission, overcoming the FEAR is my greatest challenge. Fear has played a large role in my life, but I overcame the FEAR of breast cancer, chronic pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Apnea. My new mantra: FEAR has two meanings: "(1) Forget Everything And Run, or (2) Face Everything and Rise. The Choice is Mine." Blogging here I come ready or not!!!

12 thoughts on “Breast Cancer: Hopelessness to Living in the Present Moment”

  1. Good to know you have been able to move on and embrace the positives of living. My sister and three first cousins had breast cancer and all still doing well. I especially see with my sister the positive effect surviving has had on her.

    Like

  2. Yvonne, has it been five years since you moved to Florida? How many since you left Madison? Time just moves on and we tend to get lost in the details of day to day life. Your determination to live in the present – recognize the past – and not be too worried about the future – is remarkable and very encouraging. I share your philosophy but not your daily focus. Gardening, even just sitting out there, takes up a large portion of my time these days. I keep my fingers in ‘administration/management’, by being active on the Board of our Madison Area Master Gardeners Association. I really appreciate your pics – especially your healing pots. Keep your positive attitude and your eyes skyward. Hello to Jim.

    Like

  3. Its so beautiful to embrace something that you once feared. I think our spirit finds peace and happiness when we do that, which in its own can result in an improvement toward our health.

    Like

Leave a Reply to Karuna Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Health and Wellness Associates

Shared Decision Concept in Your Healthcare

The Beaver Lake Library

Where we love dogs, read books, and talk Kentucky politics.

Birthing Rainbows

Sometimes There Are Rainbows After Rain

The Oily Guru

Aromatherapy and life

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

Watching the Daisies

Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow

Ramblings of a Writer

Living the Path of Life

scottishmomus

What I See

hometogo232

A place of Love and Security

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

Robby Robin's Journey

Reflections of an inquiring retiree ...

WGN-TV

Chicago's Very Own source for breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment.

WARE I'M COMING FROM

BARE ALL: THE TRUTH IS BETTER NAKED.

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

writing for self-discovery

creating a life that fits like skin

Haddon Musings

There are 11,507 stories in Haddonfield; this is one of them.

Share Your Light

You are a miracle - Let it happen

M J Mallon YA Author and Poet

Kyrosmagica Publishing - The Magical Home of Books, Writing, Photography and Inspiration

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Let me tell you Justine's story

Eugi's Causerie

a place to chat

willowdot21

An insight to a heart mind and soul.

mindjobusiness

Self Love Enthusiast. Dating Inquisitive. Lover of All Things Positive.

Treat Yourself to a Journaling Adventure

journal prompts, memoir, art, poetry for the verbose and the introverted

Miscellaneous & Recommendations

This WordPress.com site is great for bloggers and readers.

When Timber Makes One Still

"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the soul" -John Muir

Reymon de Real Photography

My favorite hobby is capturing the beauty around me.

vanbytheriver

Living Life. Paying Attention.

The Black Rose

A Safe Haven for Silent Voices

Sights & Insights

By Lucile de Godoy

Tourmaline .

Small Scale Fabricated Photography, Toy Photography History, Art Creation Musings

Teaching No Talking

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" ~Albert Einstein

Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

LEANNE COLE

Trying to live a creative life

Nik's Place

A place for words to chill...

SueBee and Kat

Everything on the Kansas prairie... and sometimes beyond

Critical Dispatches

Reports from my somewhat unusual life

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Crafting in the 21st Century

Using current technology to create 19th Century crafts

Good Woman

Threads of My Life

Expressing my vision

A journey into creativity

%d bloggers like this: