Posts from July, 2010

Ann’s Diary: 6 Years And Counting

Six years ago this summer I was battling breast cancer. I try to
treat this season with a lot of respect. Not that I want to remember all
that hell– rather, I want to try to remember what I got from it.  And what I got from it, besides hair loss, bad gums, and scars as long as my arms, is still to be determined. So far I can say that every day, really every moment I am alive, compounds on the one before and makes me truly grateful that I still get to be here. But still it’s easy to forget, even after an ordeal like breast cancer, how horrible it all was. I think it’s easy for anyone to forget their past battles of pain, whatever they may be, as they struggle to find their new place in the world. With cancer they call it your “new normal”.  So far my new normal has a lot of patience in it. It steps up when I get mad at myself and begin really beating myself up–as only I can do– and says “hey, lady, would you rather be dead?” I know that sounds morbid, but honestly, a cancer diagnosis makes me go there. It makes me look at myself in a mirror–even years after that awful time–and wonder how long that reflection will still be here. So this season, and every season, I look at myself and thank my lucky stars that I found that lump.  And I purposely march myself up to my reflection in any mirror I can find and say thank you that  it still stares back at me–6 years later and counting.

Posted July 30th, 2010 by
Ann's Diary: 6 Years And Counting
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Project Pink Diary | Help and Hope | No. 4

All cancers are not made equal.   

Some cancers are much easier to beat than others. Figure out what you’re up against and then beat it to the ground with education, medicine and hope.  And remember what Maya Angelou says:  “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Posted July 30th, 2010 by
Project Pink Diary | Help and Hope | No. 4
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Project Pink | Help and Hope | No. 3

Just Show Up.

If you have cancer, you can beat it.  If you are the friend, you can help.  You don’t have to perform, get it right, figure it out or know it all.  Just show up for the fight.

Posted July 8th, 2010 by
Project Pink | Help and Hope | No. 3
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