Hello to all my readers! Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I am finding that after chemotherapy is over, there is a period of time (at least for me) in which communication of any kind was just not in my favor. I would constantly think about friends who were going through their own trials of life and I did not want to communicate. I did not want to write and I did not want to talk. Communication is what I do best so this was very frustrating for me. Thank goodness it is all coming back to me and I am moving forward with my life.
About 6 months before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I walked into a colleague’s office and saw the greatest sign/statement ever. Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. Seeing only limited distribution, it was little known. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside government archives. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On
This statement spoke to me in so many ways. I work in a fast-paced and exciting environment that I love. It truly fits in my work life. With being diagnosed with cancer, it certainly speaks to me in my personal life and it will be with me forever. A copy of this statement will hang in my office to remind me and everyone who enters, that crazy moments are just for now, carry on and move forward. Amazingly inspiring statement if you ask me.
I worried about the context of my blog and where it was going. My intention is to continue blogging about the crazy life adventures that seem to be posed to me. I just hope that my writing is exciting enough to keep the readers interested. My ongoing other life challenging experience is having a 72 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. I intend to write about that as well. What ever direction the blog turns is the direction in which it should turn.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I cannot stress enough to everyone who reads my blog to spread the word about breast cancer. Women and men alike should be checking themselves once a month. It is easy to do and it is important. Had I not been completely in tune with my body, I might have missed catching my cancer in its early stage this past January. If you feel something little and hard, demand that it be looked at with an ultrasound. Mammograms will not always save your life. My cancer did not show up on a mammogram, yet it was seen on an ultrasound. Scary thing. So many women rely on mammograms and don’t know that certain forms of cancer do not show up on mammograms. I tell everyone now.
I will promote breast cancer awareness for the rest of my life. That is an interesting thought. Amazing how my life was changed so quickly. Amazing how many lives get changed in a moment. You just never now what one day from another is going to bring to you.