Seventeen years cancer free reminds me to celebrate life
Today marks 17 years cancer free! Seventeen years ago on this day I was terrified, and having surgery to remove Melanoma at the young age of 14. At that time, Melanoma was almost unheard of in young adults, let along teenagers. It was a scary time in my life, and it almost seems like a lifetime ago. With each year that passes it seems like less of an achievement or reason to celebrate – but then I remember it was such a pivotal moment in my life. Having cancer changed the direction of who I would become and the outlook that I would have on life. It’s crazy to say but I’m thankful for it.
Often times, it’s only after the hard struggles in life that we can look back on it and understand the why, or see the positives, or clearly see the better path it put us on. I can’t imagine where I would be in life or as a person without that huge season in my life to help define and shape who I am today. I think the biggest thing I took away from it was “I hope you never take one single breath for granted. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!” I know I recently posted about the meaning f this song by Leeann Womack, but it’s worth repeating.
Life is so precious. None of us know when our time is up, or when a car accident is going to happen, or cancer is going to take a loved one. Life is meant to be celebrated and we should all work to live in the moments, and the now. Don’t wait for the perfect moment, or put off things for later in life because there is no guarantee. Shit happens, and our plans get derailed, or bad things happen to people that we love. So tell people you love them, dance in the rain if you want to, and grab life by the horns and make it worthwhile. Now get out there and live your best life.
Dream Big! Live Bold! Love Beautifully! You only get one life – so make it yours! Cheers!
xoxo, Voice of a Phoenix