This post is not about seeing breast cancer as a positive experience. Nor is this post about seeing cancer as a gift.
Breast cancer is a horrific experience.
Breast cancer is no gift.
Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I’ve been thinking lately about how rich my life has become since diagnosis. Prior to cancer, I took life for granted and settled for an unfulfilled life.
Cancer taught me never to settle.
So here are the positive things that have happened to me since diagnosis. They are not listed in order of importance. There are way more than 10, but I have to start somewhere:
3. With the freedom of leaving a stifling marriage, I became an artist and learned how to oil paint and draw better with the help of master artists. I am so grateful for all they taught me.
4. I left an abusive job for one that is fulfilling (teaching).
5. No longer isolated by my marriage, I ventured out and formed many long-lasting friendships.
6. I started this blog and, through it, met many wonderful people whom I consider friends. I treasure this online community.
7. I disassociated myself from people who were toxic in my life. I have no room in my life or patience for those who drag me down.
8. I appreciate life more fully than ever before.
9. Painfully shy before diagnosis, I became more outgoing and social after diagnosis. Compared to having cancer, socializing with others was easy.
10. I’ve learned how to advocate for myself in the medical arena.
What positive things happened to you since diagnosis?
What are you grateful for?
I would love to hear from you.
Tags: divorce and cancer, gratitude, motherhood, things to be grateful for