JUNE IS THE MONTH OF A SURVIVOR. June is the month that celebrates cancer survivors. There are 11 million of... fb.me/2N6Nw3tlv
Last night, someone said to me, "SurvivingBeautifully" is about making cancer fighters feel better, right?" No!... fb.me/47SJgUPDR
Every time I question the Surviving Beautifully project, there is something to remind me why we are doing this. Today, I was introduced on the phone to a woman who is fighting breast cancer. She is going through her chemo now. She faced her diagnosis very bravely and with a positive attitude. She remained positive and almost unphased when her hair fell out, but today she broke down. In telling me her story, she said that she saw her face in the mirror and it was dry; new wrinkles came out. She thought she looked old. No one warned her about the skin changes and they were that proverbial straw that broke that proverbial back. Sometimes, it is the smallest things that crush us. Maybe because they are unexpected or maybe because our cup of sorrow and anger is just too full. We do not have the room for even one more drop of unhappiness. Or maybe because we cannot stand having one more thing taken away from us without our say so. I found that it is good to acknowledge sorrow and to cry for the unfairness of the whole thing. Then, take back control. It is crucial to take back control with little steps, and definite actions. Today, my new friend from Chicago took a step by calling. I told her that there are things she could adjust in her routine to help with dryness and wrinkling. Once her treatments are done, there are numerous more aggressive treatments she can have to bring back her youthful look; that it is not vain to want to look beautiful. I told her that I know many people who have survived without loosing themselves and took control of their lives. I know that it is taking us a long time to publish our book, but we are almost there! And I for one got a good reminder today why we have been working hard for several years.