Many blessings in life are sadly taken for granted. You will never understand how precious life is until you face a life-threatening disease. I discovered this after being diagnosed with breast cancer six days after giving birth to my first child. I truly believe God sent me my son to spare my life because He had a great plan in store for me.
I learned that we experience trials and tribulations to learn life lessons. We can either sulk in our misery or grow from the experiences and help others. Had I not struggled through a devastating disease, I would not have the opportunity to give back to my community and help other women.
We cannot foresee what life throws at us. Rather, we can do our best to be prepared and ready to adapt to change. Embrace the times that seem to be negative and turn them into positive experiences. Through tough times comes good times, as rainbows shine after thunder storms.
My favorite movie quote is from the movie, Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You’ll never know what you’re gonna get.” That is the perfect analogy describing my life. I never dreamed that my mission would be to help women with cancer. At such a young age, I battled and survived the disease and have made a career out of helping others with breast cancer.
We do not know how long our life will be, so make every moment count. Working hard to keep up with the Jones is no way to live. Time is so precious. We measure time by how fast our kids are growing up. I wish life could be much simpler, but the daily grind does not allow for that.
Take time out of your busy duties and responsibilities to focus on your family and friends. Remember that each member is special and together, all members form the family.
Keep in touch with new and old friends, for they each hold unique purposes in your life. Value and honor those who have done good to you, and let this be encouragement for you to go and help others.
Maintain meaningful relationships with those around you and let them know how much you appreciate them. A simple thank you can make a person’s day.
The road of life is so unpredictable. There are bound to be bumps in the midst of the smooth pavement. What is laid out for us today may not be the same tomorrow. Go ahead. Take the yellow brick road to see what you will find….
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Well said, Gina! And so very true : “A simple thank you can make a person’s day.” Thank you!
I agree – ‘value those who do you good’ but I also believe we have to find the courage to let go of those who don’t – life is too short. Fellow breast cancer survivor.
Thank you for sharing your storyx
love this, Gina. <3
Wonderful, life-affirming story!
It is true. Appreciate your story.