Let your past make you better not bitter.
The inspiration from this “graphic” comes from being a cancer survivor. I received this shirt from a breast cancer walk that I completed in 2015. It’s my survivor shirt. I participated in a local walk sponsored by the Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society for our community and it was the first time that I was able to join a team. They invited me to walk so it was an incredible day. It was the first time I could participate because of my physical limitations.
Physically I was not able to walk three miles until 2015 and so when I was able to join the team, it was one of the best days of this “journey”. When I arrived at the walk, I was given this shirt. It was different from all of the rest of the walkers. It was a ‘Survivor’ shirt. I didn’t know that survivors wore a different color. By wearing a different color shirt, participants could know who were the cancer survivors. When I crossed the finish line, complete strangers congratulated me.
It was emotional day because I was walking with the five-year survivors. When I started my treatment, the first doctor I saw told me that I was lucky it was just breast cancer because I would live at least five years.
I couldn’t always say that I was better from having a cancer diagnosis. In fact, I’m pretty sure that only in the last couple of years and through a great deal of emotional healing can I say, “Let your past make you better not bitter.”
***I write about my thoughts, my hopes, my soul, my highs, my lows and everything in between. I share my journey through breast cancer and invite you to read my story in Keeping It Real.