In an instant everything can change. The things you took for granted are no longer available to you. The moments you so carelessly rushed through are now the times you wished you could savor. Tasks that were once so simple are now incredibly difficult, or worse, impossible. We all realize this can happen but it’s not until we get hit by reality are we able to step back and look at the bigger picture.
My mom is a two-time cancer survivor. SURVIVOR. And did I mention two-time? Yep, that’s right, two different types of cancers! At 5’2” she is the strongest, sassiest, most stubborn person I have ever met. And I say that with the utmost respect. This woman has been through a lot in her life and can take on anything however, the treatments that had saved her life is now what has posed threats on her health and well-being.
My mom just recently retired and was so excited to be able to finally travel to all the places she wanted to visit with my dad. But for the past two years her health has been struggling due to complications of past radiation treatments and she couldn’t wait for the day to feel healthy again so she could travel, visit with friends, and not worry about her health issues. The past few months have been filled with doctors visits, speech therapy sessions, out patient procedures, the talk about what she was going to do once she was healthy and most recently an ER visit.
Although the outcome from the ER episode and last weeks surgery wasn’t what we had hoped, she can now begin living her life and traveling to places she has always wanted knowing she will be getting healthier and each day. For the time being she may not be able to enjoy some simple things in life like drinking a cup of coffee or splitting a meal with friends, but the survivor in her will keep fighting to get well and overcome this set back. Reality has reminded my family there is no time like the present moment and even though there will some tough times ahead this is just a bump in our life long journey and we can’t put off until tomorrow the things we want to do, see, and accomplish today.
Don’t wait to live your life. Take advantage of every opportunity. Don’t live in fear, have the COURAGE to face those fears head on and bring them down. If you want it, go get it. If you can dream it, you can do it. You never know what may happen tomorrow so live for today.
Appreciate your health. Appreciate life.