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A New Day: From Diagnosis to Dance!

April 10, 2008 – April 10, 2013

Five years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My life has been one big whirl-a-twirl ride, filled with roller coaster loops, turns, and rolls, ever since. There have been extreme highs and a few menacing death drops. Yes, breast cancer took me for a ride and changed my life forever; yet, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Maybe that’s exaggerating a bit. I’m pretty sure I would not have chosen to get breast cancer… nor to be infused with chemo (Sacred Juice) for a year… nor to gain weight due to steroids… have my breasts cut off and rebuilt… lose my hair… put my business on hold… on and on. But all we’ve got are the cards we’re dealt… and what we do with them is our choice. That’s where choosing joy comes in.

My gratitude for my healing overflows. I’ve written about it, talked about it, prayed over it… and will continue to do so. I am blessed in more ways than even I understand.

Through cancer I’ve met unbelievable people, gained wisdom and insight, and found purpose as I help others on their own healing journey. Cancer was an unexpected visitor that brought me blessings and gifts disguised as infusions, needles, pills, stitches, and scars.

Now, as I dance into the next phase of my life, I grab hold of family and friends and move on. I remind myself to cherish every moment, even when old patterns try to break in. I bring with me all that I’ve learned and all that I treasure.

Five years ago today, cancer took center stage and captured my life’s spotlight. Today, I shift its beam back into place… for it to shine brightly on:

MUSIC. DANCE. PASSION PROJECTS. MOUNTAINS. CHOCOLATE. FUN.

LOVE AND PASSION. TRAVELS. MOVIES. BOOKS. PLAYTIME.

LAUGHTER (the pants-splitting kind).

FIRE CEREMONIES. ANIMALS. VACATIONS. PHOTOGRAPHY.

I am still here, passionately offering support to others on their own healing journey. But it’s a new day, and Positively Pat is spreading her wings and taking in more: soaring higher and higher, spreading love, healing, peace, laughter, compassion, kindness, and joy… while at the same time, mimicking the frolicking hummingbird and sucking the sweetest nectar from this beautiful life.

And so it is.

Dance on!

Patricia San Pedro is a breast cancer survivor. She is founder of Positively Pat, a health and wellness community. Pat is the author of The Cancer Dancer: Healing One Step at a Time, which guides women and their caregivers, step by step, from diagnosis to treatment. Pat founded the support group "Link of Hope Sistas.” Pat's healing journey became a Discovery documentary called The Cancer Dancer, which received a 2012 Suncoast Emmy Award. Pat is owner of San Pedro Productions, a public relations and media training company. Her career spans several industries including television (in which she won four Emmy Awards), radio, music, publishing, and the airlines. In 2005 she co-authored a book called Dish & Tell, which was later turned into a musical. Pat is also an exhibited photographer and a keynote speaker who loves to inspire joy, a life of balance, and purpose.

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