Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

The Places You’ll Go (After a Diagnosis)

By on February 15th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I’m sorry to say so

but, sadly, it’s true

that Bang-ups

and Hang-ups

can happen to you

from Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go

I love traveling to new places, beaches, mountains, cities, historic sites — they’re all enchanting to me. But the journey I navigated this last year was a far cry from any other I have ever taken.

I was diagnosed …

Welcoming a New Era

By on January 18th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I am writing this after the world ended. Pretty cool, huh?

The market research company Ipsos Global Public Affairs concluded in May that 12 percent of Americans zealously believed that the end of the Mayan calendar — which spans about 5,125 years — would mark a major shift for humanity… bluntly speaking: the end of the world. It happened on December 21, 2012. That’s also …

Joy Is the Choice

By on December 5th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with my mom and dad when I was just 4 years old. We escaped the Communist regime and made a home on Miami Beach. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful and hectic (by choice) life. I’ve worked hard but my jobs have always been fun and entertaining. On the personal side, I danced my way from …

Giving Thanks in My Seventh Decade

By on July 18th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

[This was originally published on Positives About Negative on January 2, 2011.]

I turned 65 last week and I am not sure what to make of it. Yes, getting older is better than the alternative, as my bout with cancer made extremely clear. Still, that’s old. Medicare old. If I got robbed, the news story could very well describe me as elderly.

I was diagnosed …

Breast Cancer: Is it a Fight?

By on May 23rd, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

When I was fully immersed in treatment, I went out on a really big limb and broached a subject that had been on my mind since the time of my breast cancer diagnosis. It took me a while to bring it up because it’s, well, it’s anti-establishment — in a BIG way.

Here goes: I never saw my experience with breast cancer as a “fight.” …

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