What an amazing time at CancerCon I had! I am so grateful to have met so many kind and powerful people.
It has taken me over a week to get back into the groove of things here at home. I wanted to write sooner, but my brain has been on overload. I'm sure you can relate!
I made so many new friends at CancerCon. I even signed myself up for a river rafting trip, which I'm really excited about!
I met the founder of Epic Adventures and told her that I have a non-profit foundation called The Cancer Core Recovery Project. We empower women through movement, incorporating yoga and Pilates. I expressed to her that I would love to bring a group of women there and create our own special session! She was all in! See what happens when you put yourself out there?
You never know what doors will open for you when you tell people about your dreams!
What is one dream you want to manifest for this year? Health? Happiness? A cure for cancer? (This is on my list too).
Maybe it’s something simple, like adding some more movement into your day?
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Having cancer 3 times in my life has taught me to take nothing for granted. It has taught me through this recent battle with stage 3C ovarian cancer that I CAN do anything I put my mind to. I know you can too!
I have often felt alone in my life. I was born with cancer and had my first big surgery at four years old. My father committed suicide at the time of my cancer. I grew up thinking that it was my fault. I held all of my feelings inside of me and struggled with anger, shame, abandonment, fear, and feeling unworthy of love.
I look back now and feel compassion for that little girl who felt so broken. I never had anyone I could trust or talk to and always felt judged by others. I never want you or anyone else to feel this way.
That’s when the idea of creating a book and a survival guide to help women in cancer recovery came to me - I didn’t want anyone else to feel alone.
It wasn’t until I stumbled on Instagram that I found other women like me. Having a community for support is so important.
My passion is helping others find joy in their lives. Actually, it's more about helping others see that hope exists. I am a perfect example of hope and so are you.
On day two of CancerCon, there was a moment when it was really slow and my team and I almost left for the day. I want to share with you the story that validated my WHY. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life.
A young woman named Danielle and her husband approached my table. He said, “This is my wife and she has stage 4 breast cancer.” I immediately stopped everything I was doing to listen to her story.
I won’t tell you the entire conversation, but this young woman was looking very down and sad.
Do you remember times when you felt like maybe there was no hope and you almost gave up? I do. I can remember that feeling vividly and I wondered if this woman was feeling hopeless.
After she told me about feeling weak and the chemo treatments that were causing holes inside of her bones, I knew that I had to try and help her. Perhaps I can’t fix or cure cancer, but what I can do is show up for YOU in times when you feel scared and hopeless.
I invited her around my table and asked if I could try a few of my exercises with her that are in my book, Cancer Core Recovery: A Survivor’s Guide.
“I know Phases 1 and 2 say they are for in the hospital or at home post surgery, but they can also be for anyone who feels weak, scared and not sure what to do,” I told her.
I asked if she could sit down in a chair and she answered, “I think I can manage that.”
Then I asked if she could follow along with me and lift up one of her arms. (I was assessing her, which is something I do a lot as a movement educator.)
She did it! YEAH! I was so excited and I think she was too.
Next, I asked, “Can you lift both arms up?”
And guess what? She did. She kept doing every single freakin’ exercise I asked her to do! My heart was singing inside.
I said, “You just did eight of the exercises that are in my book! You’re amazing!”
I got a smile from her and that made my day! She was doing so great that I couldn’t let her leave without teaching her my favorite modified yoga pose that helped me get out of pain: Downward Dog using your hands on a chair for support.
She was a little nervous at first, but I told her to trust me. She slowly stretched her body into Downward Dog and said, “Ahhhh this feels good on my back!”
Yes! That was confirmation I needed to hear. I knew that it felt good to me, but I often wonder if I’m the only one who struggles with pain post cancer and surgeries.
When we were done going through the exercises, I looked up and saw that my team had tears in their eyes. Seriously, it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life.
That one moment is WHY I do what I do!
If I can bring hope into someone’s life then I will feel like I have served my purpose.
Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself and maybe even spend a few moments writing in your journal:
What makes you happy? Or what could make you happy?
Write about that. Visualize it.
What would that look like?
There is no wrong answer!
This is YOUR life and this is YOUR story so let’s begin to write this together!
Some of my favorite CancerCon Moments!
Let's keep sharing our stories and inspiring each other!
You know, I love to hear your stories, so write to me any time. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Love and hugs,