I always tell people, “Cancer saved my life.”
I remember an appointment with my surgeon when she told me that my Stage 3C ovarian cancer was “nasty” and I was going to lose part of my colon and my “girly parts,” which she could partially reconstruct from my abs. I burst into tears.
I couldn’t believe that I had to fight cancer a second time. When she showed me what my new body would look like I told her, “I’d rather die.” She reminded me that I had three gorgeous kids to live for. That was the first time I had hope that I could survive cancer. Post operation: I woke up with a colon bag and catheter that I later dragged around in a pillow case. I didn’t want to leave the house. I felt ashamed. I know how hard it is to talk about cancer of the “girly parts” and now I’m on a mission to help other women thrive during cancer recovery, particularly those who have suffered from gynecological cancers.
I decided to fight. I chose to live. I chose me. Cancer would not control my destiny. I realized how I needed to change my story… and took my power back. Believe me, if I could do it, so can you. We all have a comeback story to tell because we’ve all lost ourselves at some point in our lives.
“Live life full of joy and hope.” ~Emilee
Whether your scars are visible or invisible, both are equally debilitating. No matter where you are now, or how awful things are, there is always a way to the next level of feeling better. Sometimes you get there inch by inch, but you will get there!
Change is a process, not a race to the finish line. You can trust that I will be there each step of the way, cheering you on!
I’ve been teaching yoga and pilates for 18 years. My true passion in life is teaching people how to love and honor their bodies, no matter what. We can’t just change our minds and souls. Real, lasting change must be EMbodied.
My dream is to continue to inspire, encourage and motivate through my words, my coaching and my teaching for many years to come.
The most EMpowering advice that I can give you right now …
Love and respect your body. Be kind to yourself.