New Years Eve ! A night when all I see on social media, are people’s “reflections” on the year that we are leaving, and their “resolutions” for the one that lies ahead. And I feel like such a slacker, because I haven’t reflected OR resolved to do anything. So I guess I’d better get me arse in gear, and do some serious contemplation of my life over the last year. And possibly set some goals for 2019 while I’m at it.
BIG reflections include;
Meeting my deceased brothers daughter, my niece Hayley, in Brisbane Australia at the beginning of the year. THAT was the highlight of my trip, and of my year. Turning the big 50 in New Zealand with my recently discovered cousins (because of my brother Sean’s research in to our family tree…thank you Sean), was also such a blessing.
And spending 3 weeks with said brother here in Maine in September was absolutely brilliant.
Starting my blog, and really feeling the benefit of writing down my thoughts, not just for myself, but for the people whom my words have seemed to strike a cord, has been amazing.
Participating in Champion the Cure Challenge, Beth C. Wright Ride for Life, and The Dempsey Challenge, to raise awareness, money for research and services for people affected by cancer. Advocating has been even more prevalent in my life this year, and has helped me heal and grow as a person. I have been involved in support groups, both online and in real time, and have felt the healing that happens with those connections.
Completing my mastectomy scar coverup tattoos, and every morning waking up to see a work of art, NOT a work of cancer. And getting to share my experience on News Center Maine and social media to help inspire and educate others about the alternative options that are out there to help you feel whole again after a double mastectomy.
Being published in Coping with Cancer Magazine, in The Dear Boobs Project book, writhing for various online blogs and websites for breast cancer survivors, and recording my first Pod Cast to be aired in January. Never would I have expected my life to take this path, into writing, being on TV, speaking to groups. But I am doing what I am supposed to do. I have found my purpose.
And last, but certainly not least, are the connections with the people I have met at the different challenges, on the online breast cancer community sites, and in my travels as #boobambassador. These connections are what make the story of my life.
2018 has been a very good year. I am grateful for the chance to have lived it to the fullest. And I resolve to do the same in 2019.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”