Now I Know!

Today is my 2nd birthday. On this day, I was in a very serious car accident. I was a mere 17 years old. I was thrown out of the car and found underneath it. I was in a semi-coma for five days, had blood transfusions, and needed major surgery to repair my spleen and stop internal bleeding. Even at that age, I knew how lucky I was to be alive! I did not know my life’s purpose then, but I knew I had not filled it yet! 30 years ago (WOW), I was given a second chance!!

In six days is my 3rd birthday. On that day, two years ago, I became a breast cancer Survivor, a Conqueror, a Warrior, a Phoenix. I am like a cat with nine lives! Hear me roar!

The 17 Year Old Nancy did not know her life’s purpose; yet she knew she was saved for a reason, and she was blessed to have the rest of her life figure it out. The 47 Year Old Nancy now knows her life’s purpose!

Surprisingly, it was not me who figured it out. I thought I knew long ago. Ironically, those roads were laying the foundation, navigating and preparing me, to a path upon which I never thought I’d step. My purpose was revealed to me just in the last year, at the exact moment I was meant to know. Billboards in the sky. Flashing, neon lights. The message was clear. Pitch perfect acappella. Absorbed and reverberating through every cell of my being.

I will spend the rest of my life helping to empower others to live healthy lifestyles to prevent disease or triumph and flourish in spite of it!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.


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