October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, something I had never paid much attention to until diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Needless to say, I now advocate early detection. I'm happy to share that I'm an 18-year survivor of breast cancer, although I do have multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer for which there is no cure. Thankfully, it's smoldering, and I haven't needed any treatment.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer just before 9/11, which was extremely stressful. However, it was a time when I listened to all of the universe's messages. It was also a very stressful time of my life as I raised my three children, with my adolescent daughter dealing with a number of challenges. My cancer diagnosis was a reminder for me to slow down and smell the roses, and to spend more time nurturing myself. I viewed my disease as my body giving me a warning sign, which probably saved my life.
If you haven't read either book, I hope you treat yourself or someone you love. Both are available on Amazon.
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