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…
Life…some days…just, wow. It can seem like an avalanche of challenges, a tsunami of debilitating thoughts…coming all at once. It is hard not to lose faith when social media is filled with such division, anger, and outright hate. It’s hard not to lose faith when so many people are feeling defeated. I get it. There…
No one would willingly choose loss as a pathway to finding their way home again – to their true self. There are more graceful ways to grow. Grief cleaves us apart. Tearing through muscle, tissue, bones, and hearts. It can be so emotionally devastating that we feel physical pain when experiencing the trauma of loss;…
Scrolling through my newsfeed a few nights ago, I came upon two posts, one on top of the other that captured a thing I know to be true about cancer…it gives and it takes. Hope Schaberg – I’ve never met her in person…but we became friends on July 17, 2012 after a short phone chat…
When we take our turns across the time zones to honor those who make incredible sacrifices, carry out the mission they committed to and who often make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, make it count.
In my field of cancer survivorship coaching, I often encounter powerful stories about how people are choosing to fight their illness or transforming their challenge into a way to help others. It’s one of the miracles ~ that cancer can be such a thief, yet so many people dig deep down and turn the experience around. Today is your chance to ask yourself about what you’re choosing your life to be about.
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.
Fear is a great self-check tool. It can help us stop, assess and then choose an appropriate action. But if we fail to engage consciously with it, fear can be one of the major things that holds us back in life.