Reflecting on the Year

I hope you all had a very blessed Thanksgiving!

My husband Jeff and I were having a conversation a couple of weeks ago and I asked him…”When you think back on this year, what do you think? How do you feel?” He proceeded to tell me that the year has felt like a whirlwind. After learning of my breast cancer diagnosis, he went from thinking I can’t lose her…to maybe we will only need surgery…to having not only surgery but a treatment plan of Chemotherapy and radiation.

I shared that I was having a hard time looking back on the year and processing it. My head knows how much we went through, but I also focused hard on making sure he and the kids didn’t worry. This focus kept me from letting myself really process what was in front of us…what it really all means. I didn’t think of myself as a breast cancer survivor…I wasn’t putting myself in that category.

Right before the Thanksgiving Holiday, I traveled to my hometown for the funeral of a high school classmate who lost his battle with cancer. Seeing Dan and his family made me think once again about how very unpredictable and short life can be. It also made me think about the importance of being in tune with our health.

I was blessed that I scheduled my mammogram when I did. If I would have waited a few months, my family and I could be looking at a whole different life right now! Family history plays a role, but please don’t make it an excuse to wait. I am an example that cancer does not just affect you if there is a family history.

Life is precious, my friends! We all have a mission and a purpose in this life.  It is up to us to make sure we are living the life God has intended for us to live. Choose to wake up each morning asking Him to show you the journey He has planned for you. Don’t let the busy activities of life put off until tomorrow what God is asking from you today. Tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us.

I feel so much gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for…including the support and love from each of you.





3 Comments Add yours

  1. JoAnn says:

    Your best blog ever!

  2. So true!! I’m happy that you are doing well, Laura!! Cheers to many more years with your loved ones.

  3. You and I seen to have shared the same journey in the same year. I too have not fully processed the year we are leaving and am having a hard time returning to my regular schedule. My husband had a triple by-pass one month after my mastectomy. It’s been a hell of a year!

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