See, there’s this path I was on for a bit. It was difficult, frustrating, nauseating, annoying, stressful and painful, yet with beauty and love wrapped up in it. Like a weird, uncomfortable burrito. I was a cancer burrito on a path, apparently.
I walked down this path begrudgingly, because I had to. What other choice do you have when faced with a cancer diagnosis? You walk the damn path. My path was chemo and surgery. And thankfully, today, I found out that I officially reached the end of that path. My doctors met and agreed that they were all happy with the pathology and no need for radiation!
As I’m taking the last few steps of recovery on this path, I’m looking toward the next path, or multiple paths or just running wildly through the damn field with a lifetime of relief. Are there things to worry about? Sure. Do I have concerns of reoccurrence? Sure. Is that going to hold me back from living life? Oh hell no!
What’s next? Finish recovering. And move forward with a new found appreciation for life, for my kids, for my husband, for my family and for my friends. Not allowing fear or “what society says” to guide my decisions. And just moving the hell on!
As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of things that hold me back. But sometimes there are really important life lessons that you learn from those things. Should you continue to let them hold you back? Absolutely not. You should learn as much as you can from them, and better yourself because of them. And when it comes time to head down the next path, take that step or turn or leap with the knowledge you’ve gained, learning all that you’ve learned. And honey, never once look back!