2017 brought blessings and challenges I never expected. In May, I finally got my husband to go on the trip of a life-time. We spent a month in an airbnb in Rome, Italy. It was a chance to reconnect in new ways and, for both of us, to enjoy a country I love. This was my third visit and I would go back tomorrow.
But the year also came with a new challenge. I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the fourth time. Nothing opens your eyes more than another dance with mortality. I am on a new drug for women who are battling a certain type of metastatic breast cancer. I am hopeful that the recent round of radiation did the trick and I can go off this drug soon. But I am thankful for the blessings that come, yet again with this dance.
First, some of you know, and some don’t. I am cutting back on my hours at Breast Friends. I will still be VERY involved in training and leadership as needed, but I need to make room for two things:
1) I need our staff to step into their new leadership roles in preparation of the time I am no longer available to help,
2) I can truly focus on my speaking business with whatever time I have left on this earth. With each diagnosis, I have a new and different story to tell. I believe God allows things in our lives to teach us, so that we can do our part to make the world a better place.
This is not a sad moment at all, in fact, it is quite exciting. I’ll know this month if my cancer has been contained (and I TRULY believe it is), and I’ll be able to focus on my new direction, stronger and better than ever.
I love you all, and look forward to an exciting and happy new year!