Today’s post is Nancy Stephen’s second guest post on this blog, it is a story of overcoming adversity, holding on to hope and using the lessons learned from that experience to enjoy life, creating her own brand of brilliance to help many other people. Over the last few weeks I have been privileged to get to see for myself her gift for helping humans and animals live better lives.
Here is her story:
Thrown through the air by a big horse with a big buck.
Landed on my feet – crack like a gunshot.
Yup! Broke something in my foot. Might as well start crawling to the barn. I wanted time off work anyway. It could have been worse.
Fast forward a week. Might as well get those “too busy to get there” doctor’s appointments looked after. My mammogram / ultrasound wasn’t due for six months, but something said “do it now”. Twenty four hours after the exam – my diagnosis – Infiltrating Lobular breast cancer stage 1 -2, two tumours. This was definitely worse……. or was it?
Bilateral mastectomy. 8 rounds of chemo, 5 weeks of radiation, 5 years of Tamoxifen.
Why was it not “worse”?
Cancer gave me some gifts:
I was able to help my Mom when she was diagnosed with the same disease two years later. She’s fine today. I was able to help a few close friends who were, and are, taking the same journey.
I received love and support from everyone who touched my life; everyone from store clerks, co-workers, friends, medical professionals, family, even my animal companions. Compassion brings out the best in us.
Close relationships got closer. My slight agoraphobia vanished. My stiff hugs became warm embraces, treasured connections.
My husband’s nurturing, caring, protective self shone. It was almost like dating again.
I had the luxury of time and an acute awareness of energy shared with my animal friends. Their intuition is a whole story on its own. Critters are amazing. There are lots of sub-stories. Far too many to be contained in this forum.
My hardships were injury and illness. Yours may be different, but chances are, you had amazing experiences during or after the event that made you smarter, stronger, kinder, happier, more understanding.
I hope you escape all the stuff that happens to “someone else”, but if time and chance afflict you, your strength, tenacity and undiscovered blessings will give you unforgettable wow moments.
Listen to the song “I hope you dance”, then live it.
Great story, wonderful message of courage, determination, perseverance and living proof of “It’s not what happens to you in life, but what you do about it that counts.”
Nancy has agreed to provide more insights into overcoming adversity in future guest posts, I suspect too that she might start her own blog, please join me in encouraging her by leaving a comment here or contacting her by email.
Wishing you an extraordinary life.
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