Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It was interesting tonight we had our Time to Heal class (breast cancer after care program) and we talked a bit how our cancer has changed our lives. I so remember how when I was first diagnosed, thinking I am not changing who I am because of cancer...oh, I was so wrong! Cancer has changed me...and I think for the better. The whole breast cancer experience has been a refining and redefining period of my life journey.

Prior to cancer, I was challenged with low self esteem and self worth issues. It amazes me how when you are stripped down to nothing, you gain everything. It's like some where in the depths of the pit, I was able to find ME!!! And the climb out of the pits has given me strength to take on challenges and goals that I would have never had the courage to explore.

Just a few minutes ago, I was so blessed from an entry on a fellow breast cancer survivor's blog on giving. This is the quote on her blog by author, Isabel Allende "Give, give, give—what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine." Isn't that beautiful? Isn't that so true?

1 comment:

Marie said...

Kim, I would love to hear more about your Time to Heal class - could you email me more details when you get a chance.I believe it is so important to put after care programs in place and coinicidentally ( although I am begining to believe there is no such thing as coincidence in life!) I was having this very discussion with a BC survivor friend last night and we were lamenting the fact that we had no transitional program when we moved straight from post treatment back to work. Would really love to hear more.