Then you start a blog to keep friends and family posted.
But your blog turns into something unexpected. It becomes a method of healing on a journey of emotional turmoil. It becomes your lifeline.
And then you heal from your surgeries. And your treatment ends. And though you have a future of periodic scans and procedures and the associated anxieties, you are are expected to simply retreat back to life as it was before. You are now a survivor and you can wear that badge of honor with pride. But move on, girl! Business as usual. Back to life as you once knew it.
Only you can never truly go back. You are changed forever. You see life differently. You appreciate. You love. You let go. You try new things. You aren’t afraid of failure like you were before. You don’t let a silly thing like fear stop you from participating in life to the best of your ability. You are less embarrassed. Less timid. Less shy. You are playful. You are less serious. You are less concerned with other people’s opinions. You are more empathic. More understanding. Kinder. Gentler. Serene.
I don’t want this to end.
It’s been just over 9 months since my diagnosis on May 7, 2013. And it’s no coincidence that the journey thus far has lasted the length of a human gestation period. This last 9 months has been a time of growth. A renewal of life. A rebirth. Cancer has brought forth the most beautiful bouncing baby the world has ever seen! And I want to share her with more people. I would love this feeling to spread like wildfire.
And that’s where Marie Forleo comes in. I found Marie through the great and powerful Kris Carr. Marie provides some practical marketing advice to people who are looking to get their personal projects/businesses off the ground. Marie offers an online course every year. And she provides a number of scholarships each year. So what did I have to lose? I applied with THIS VIDEO. And I asked my peeps to put in the good word for me. And I am SO PROUD to say that out of nearly 2000 entries, this beautiful blog was chosen as a 2014 recipient! I am SO GRATEFUL to Team Forleo for taking a chance on me, and for extending such a wonderful opportunity to so many. And I am SO VERY MOVED by the many readers, friends and family who took the time to repost, tweet and comment on my behalf. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
I promise to make you proud. I will raise this baby right!!