As I approach another birthday, I look back at the past year and have to admit it has definitely been the worst year of my life. It has been the most uncomfortable, painful, hard, difficult, emotional, scary, heart wrenching, and depressing twelve months I have ever had to endure. But I lived through it, and even though I lost a large part of my self esteem and dignity, I came out of it with humility and gratitude.
How many people change their lives when they are up against obstacles? How many get strength from fear? What about those who become grateful for the things they used to take for granted? We've all heard the stories of the bravery of people battling cancer. I don't think in my case I am being brave, as much as doing what I have to do to survive. I guess I am now a member of heroic breast cancer survivors, and should take a cautious victory lap around the universe. On this lap, I will enjoy every precious minute, and hopefully become the woman I have always wanted to be.