One year survivor as of May 13th

I was first diagnosed May 13th of last year.  I’ve had so much going on recently I completely spaced that it’s been over a year since my first diagnosis and I’m cancer-free. Crap, it’ll be nice when the day comes when things are settled in my life enough to celebrate my survival anniversaries!

Quotes to Live By, by Rumi

Don’t grieve.  Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Everything in the universe is within you.  Ask all from yourself.
You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”“Your heart is the size of an ocean.  Go find yourself in its hidden depths.”


In doing what scares you daily – Tips

To get out of your comfort zone:

  • Bring awareness to your comfort zone and your natural tendency to stay inside it.
  • Change your frame of mind. View your comfort zone not as a shelter but a prison. Embrace constructive discomfort. Don’t take the safe, known path. Choose challenge over comfort, and set goals that force you to get out of your comfort zone. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  • Gradually expand the perimeter of your comfort zone. Lean into the discomfort. Don’t sprint out of your comfort zone, take small but frequent steps. Push the walls out, don’t try to knock them down.
  • Periodically check your progress to confirm that you’re going further out over time.

As your life continues to improve it will become easier to expand your comfort zone, because when you’re happy, optimistic and confident, you’ll be more inclined to take risks and live adventurously.

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To Live Authentically:

  • Bring compassionate awareness to conflicts between your fundamentals, and to anything inauthentic you say or do.
  • Be proud of who you are and who you’re becoming. Realize that you’re worth sharing with the world.
  • Let the outer self be defined by the inner self.
  • Show up fully, with integrity, in each moment. Don’t censor yourself, and don’t let perfectionism constrict your self-expression.
  • Don’t trade authenticity for social approval. Be, don’t seem. If you act inauthentically in order to be loved, then it’s not you that’s being loved.
  • Be courageous. Embody your fundamentals audaciously, even if it occasionally leads to uncomfortable situations. Favor external conflict over internal conflict. If you agree to a demand or request that’s against the way you want to live, you lose a little of yourself. Those who love you shouldn’t want you to be someone you’re not, or should trust you to become who you want to be. And those who don’t love you don’t deserve a vote in how you live your life.

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I’m the last

My sister-in-law told me yesterday my brother tested negative for the gene mutation.  All good news!  Yay, my brother and little nephew are in the clear!  I assumed that would be the case as I’ve read articles that it doesn’t normally pass on to males in families, but it’s good that my brother took my advice and got tested, to be on the safe side.  Now it won’t be passed on in our family’s genes.  I’m the last.

Your life is right now. It’s not later. It’s not in that time of retirement. It’s not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. It’s not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now. You might as well decide to start enjoying your life right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now, until it gets better right now. ~ Esther Abraham-Hicks

Messages from Robin Roberts-Oprah’s Master Class

I was so grateful to have watched this show last night.  Highlighted quotes I’d like to remember from Robin Roberts:

1st Lesson:  You may not be the prettiest, brightest, most put together, but if you keep positioning yourself good things will come.

“Be flexible with your goals.” 

 “Dream big, but focus small.” 

 “Stay in the game.  Be patient but persistent.” 

 “Be grateful but never content.” 

 “You have to fight the battle in front of you.”  – I know this all too well.

 “Optimism is a like a muscle that gets stronger with use.”

 “Make your mess your message.” 

 “Reach beyond your dreams.” 

 Favorite saying – “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.” 

 “Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely.  Just be silent and listen.  This has served me very well.”

 “God answers prays 3 ways: ‘yes,’ ‘not yet’ and ‘I have something better in mind.’  It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come.” 

 About going through adversity: “Don’t try to help yourself or have someone help you out of the cocoon.  It’s there to make us stronger, keep beating those wings until you are ready to fly.” 

 The last one is my favorite as it resonates with what I’ve stated in several posts–This is my time in the cocoon.  A time for me to be made stronger and be transformed.

Here’s What I’m Grateful for Today

  • Severe thunderstorms – Who can resist the awesomeness of severe weather–The thunder and lightning, the extreme wind and rain.  It’s humbling to know nature can so easily take us out.  And it’s just totally beautiful! 
  • Thunder and Lightning – Obviously the thunder and lightning are the best part of any thunderstorm.  The symphony of lights and sounds are simply amazing.  Nature puts on a spectacular show!
  • Shelter – It’s also nice to be inside, in a dry place, during such a show.
  • Severe weather alerts – Nice to live in a time in which the national weather service can alert you immediately through text via your cell phone of approaching tornados and other severe weather.  That’s an awesome use of technology!
  • Flashlight app on cell phone – How handy I find this feature to be since I’m always at a loss to find a working flashlight in my house.
  • Candles – Marvelous, if not ancient invention.  Now days we mostly just use candles for ambiance, but what a simple and effective solution in the absence of electricity or battery powered devices.
  • Matches – Always come in handy.  This is one thing no survival kit should be without.
  • Google lookup on cell phone – When I lost electricity during the storm, I was curious to know just how long my refrigerator would keep my fresh produce and Greek yogurt; so, right then I looked it up on my phone–a whole library of information.  Wow, super cool to have such technology, and something we SO easily take for granted.
  • Great neighbors – I have some of the best neighbors in the world!  The kind that check on me when I’m sick, mow my lawn for me without me even knowing and ask if I need anything during a thunderstorm when they too are without.
  • Ability to text with neighbors – Nice feature to have the ability without going out in the storm to find out information that’s happening around your immediate area when things go awry.
  • Having a smart phone during severe weather – Need I say more than I’ve just stated above?
  • Electricity – Well, I think we all can agree this is certainly something most of us take for granted daily, until we’re without it.
  • Being without electricity – Keeps us humbled to the fact we modern humans can’t live without it.
  • A beautiful day after the storm – Doesn’t a beautiful, sunny day just seem more enchanting after severe weather?  You appreciate it a bit more!