As I went through the most difficult parts of my breast cancer journey before I started this blog, I will post some past writing, with the dates listed that they were written.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
My birthday is a week from today. Last year, on my birthday, we had a farewell party for Lola (my left breast), and we were staring down at the face of a mastectomy five days later. It is amazing to me what a year can hold, and where I am a year later.
I am healthier, stronger, and happier than I’ve ever been. I’m a different person in so many ways. I have a new purpose for my life’s work. Chris and I begin eLearning classes next week. We are adding a division to our clinic based on all the research I’ve done in the last year to help empower others to make healthy lifestyle choices. I know with all my heart, I am meant to help others prevent disease or triumph and flourish in spite of it. A year ago, never would I have been able to imagine any of this.
“Time heals all wounds.” “This too shall pass.” While my physical wounds are still healing and my battle is yet to be history, these two clichés ring sweet tones of wisdom. Time has brought new perspectives. Distance from the line drawn in the sand, which forever changed my life, modifies the view entirely. When we are in the midst, our viewfinder is that of a microscope. As sand falls through the hourglass, our field of vision shifts with it. Our magnifying glass gives way to a telescopic vantage point. The landscape transforms, and the horizon becomes panoramic.
Every so often, an alchemist is at work behind the scenes. Our optics reconstruct, and our vision reconfigures. All we see reflects the vivid colors, subtle hues, and spiral patterns of a kaleidoscope. Behold the enchanting magic!
Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.