Just when I thought I had life by the tail, I got sucker-punched right between the eyes. One day I’m playing beach volleyball with my amazing friends on Playa Serena, dancing with the President of Panama, soaking up ‘life’ … and the next day I’m being told I have breast cancer. Really? Me? The word ‘cancer’ alone is such an ‘ugly’ word – so unbefitting for a person who has worked hard their whole life to be healthy and fit. So here I am, back in Canada, with my socks, long pants and sweaters, waiting to find out my ‘sentence’.
Many friends have told me that I’m “one of the strongest women they know“. I’m not convinced that I’m worthy of that statement, but I suppose that life’s events create an inner strength strength that perhaps is more evident to the onlooker. I do know that I’ve risen to many challenges in my lifetime and hope to conquer this one as well. I am very blessed and grateful to have so many people around me, near and far, who have held me up over the last week – emotionally, spiritually and physically sometimes.
This blog has evolved from travel, to photos, to real estate in Panama and now it will begin to be my ‘journal’ of sorts, as I begin this next phase in my life – finding inner strength at a level we never really know we possess until the need arises. I plan to kick this monster to the curb, so feel free to follow along in my journey! I WILL win!