We’re unlikely friends for many reasons. You won’t catch me trying to climb snow covered mountains or dragging truck tires around my neighborhood as a training exercise. But when Sean Swarner and I met, first on social media and later, in person, it was like meeting a hero for me. Most people have not escaped…
She stood out like a yellow rose against the beige backdrop of the waiting room. Dressed more for the derby than an oncology appointment, the woman, whose name I would never know, looked out with large, dark doe eyes from under the wide brim of her floppy sunshine colored hat. Over-sized pearls the size of a Robin’s eggs circled her neck. But it was the shoes that compelled me to speak.
“Those would look great on a Tango floor,” I shared, pointing at the flowered stilettos with four inch heels. Her smile broke the demure posture she’d been holding as she reached back into a memory of when she used to dance. Before cancer. We talked about how much she loved the dance and how long it took her to finally drag her husband to classes. Just before she was diagnosed. Just before “the wheels fell off” as she put it.
When I launched coaching by tambre, several years ago focused on assisting cancer survivors and caregivers, my mission was to help them to move from surviving their circumstances to thriving in spite of them.
My clients have made incredible strides and many have moved from having a functional life to an optimal life, often in the face of major challenges. Thriving is better than surviving but it falls short of my greatest vision for myself and for others.
I cross paths with a lot of amazing cancer survivors and caregivers in the work I do. Dara Insley is one of them. Check out her creative introduction to the websites she created as a cancer survivor to help others heal through humor.
Understanding the impacts of the choice to tell or not to tell when you or a loved one has been diagnosed.
What was my second big takeaway from the Young Adult survivorship conference I attended in Vegas last weekend? Click and find out!
Passing on a moving post by celebrity chef and cancer survivor, Hans Rueffert.
In this third and final post, Anna shares with us some of the ways surviving cancer has changed her life and what helped to get her through the experience.
That is so true. I feel grateful to God that he spared my life. Life, to me, is more beautiful once you know you might not have seen a lot more of it. Every day is gorgeous, whether it be sunny or cloudy or rainy. It really taught me to appreciate the life I have been given.
What were some of the tools and resources you used to get through treatment and move into thriving in your life again? Who or what supported you to be able to get back to being a top student and involved in life again?
My parents played a huge role, along with my friends. Also, I gave a speech at relay for life right as I was finishing my chemo. This helped me put the past behind me and to get on a road to new beginnings.
What would you want other young cancer survivors to know based on your experience?
In Part 1 of Anna’s Story, she shared her personal journey of being diagnosed and how she and others responded. Today she delves into some of the impacts of treatment and resources she tapped into to get through.
A fourteen year old Hodgkin’s survivor shares the story of her journey in this not to be missed interview. A model of grace, courage, faith and possibility.