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1 year After Breast Surgery

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my breast surgery. A friend sent me an email this morning and said, “So it’s been a year- what have you learned?”

A lot.

My biggest lesson throughout this year has been to let things go. Committees and organizations that cause me stress, I let them go. The meetings that cause my shoulders to creep up to my earlobes, an anxiety attack as I walk into the room…. those “should-have” duties I have let go in my life.  If it doesn’t bring me joy or fill my well spiritually I’ve gotten rid of it.

Also negative people, having a rare type of breast tumor has given me a huge wakeup call in the company I keep. I want my days to be surrounded with people who give compliments, are compassionate, smile and are following their bliss instead of people who are living in a world of negativity and self-doubt.

I have learned the truth to the old saying “life is too short.”

I remain positive because that is all I have…my chances of having another breast tumor are high. I must have mammograms every 6 months for the rest of my life and I’m only 37 years old. I’m looking at my life and how I am living it, differently post surgery. 

You don’t need breast cancer to have your own wake up call. Take an assessment of your own life.
Are your days filled with people who lift you up and make you feel good? 
Are you following your dreams and committing your life to a higher purpose? 
Do you smile more than frown?

Take a moment today and think of your life and how you are living it. Let go of negative things in your life because it's true.... "Life is too Short!"


Nannerl said...

Gretchen, I NEVER knew that you had Breast Cancer! I appreciate your take on looking at how you are living your life differently post surgery. My year is coming up at the end of next month for my thyroid cancer diagnoses. Just had my 6 month check up and the scans and blood work are no fun for sure...I just wanted you to know how much of an inspiration you are to me girl! I really mean it! Wish you could be my mom! :)

Gretchen said...

Thank you so much! Your words means so very much to me.


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