Better Not Bitter

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.

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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.

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