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Not My Life

Photo courtesy of Katherine K Cagle Photography

'Cancer is the loss of a life you thought you were going to live.' I heard that quote on a podcast awhile back and I remember at the time hearing it made me sad. It brought to mind loss; loss of a future, a loss to my kids, loss of dreams, ultimately the loss of time. Going back in my journal and seeing that quote today felt totally different. With all the positive change that has happened BECAUSE of cancer, I'm almost grateful. Looking back over the past year and a half after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer, I couldn't have asked for a better life. I did lose thoughts of having a long, stable life and the thoughts of growing old (which still could happen) and retiring after a long career, the life I thought I was going to live, but where has the diagnosis taken me? To a richer life filled with daily gratitude surrounded by great friends and family. To greater appreciation of the spaces in between breaths. To the birth of a dream that I NEVER would have thought would come to fruition. Because of that dream I've met so many incredible women and other entrepreneurs that support my new adventure and give me insight into running a business. No, this is not the life I thought I was going to live.

March 8th is Women's Empowerment Day and I have the opportunity to share my story with a room full of powerful women; mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, entrepreneurs. There has been no greater time for women to be able to rise up and show the world what we've got and we all have stories to tell. The opportunities are endless and if you seek support, you'll find that support from other women. Be intentional. Shed the shame that's been holding you back. You are a queen. 'She was powerful not because she wasn't scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear'~Atticus.

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