I'm a two time cancer survivor, who was like most, when I received my first (breast) cancer diagnose. First thing came to mind was a "death sentence". I found out later it was truly "an awakening" for me; even after being diagnosed with "colon cancer" a few years later and still here to talk about them both. I began questioning God. Why would he do this to me" What had I done so bad in life, to have this placed upon me. But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There must be a reason for it all.
I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the gift of life that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with the complications I now have to live with, and all the struggles I've dealt with all my life, I still feel truly blessed. For a while, I was unhappy after my breast cancer surgery and the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself, "I still have my life" and who am I to complain.
During my breast cancer period, writing became therapy for me. I began to write down all my thoughts and I placed them into poems. I took those poems and placed them into book form, to share with others. I was blessed enough to have that book published and it's called, "True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival". I'm hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my poems get out of them, what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem of statements, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwsie, where they can gain strength and embrace life in a whole new way. I never aniticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy, or a horrible disease as cancer, it's for a reason, you have a purpose, and I want to live to find out exactly what that is for me.
I recently had another inspirational children's book published and I'm working on my third. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I'm a true example that you can survive cancer, not once, but twice, providing you catch it in time; and I'm not saying that the road will be easy, but you must have faith and allow that faith to direct your path.