I’ve gone and done it. I’ve started a blog.
I was recently challenged to “tell my story.” Yet, where do I begin? Well, here goes it.
In the last two years, I’ve gone from a young, successful, professional woman with her whole life ahead of her, to a now two-time brain cancer survivor, who isn’t so sure where life will take her.
While I cannot express myself as beautifully as Deepak Chopra, he teaches that our beliefs give us our identity. In other words, “What I believe is who I am.” One of our limitations in life is that we define ourselves by labels, rather than by our beliefs.
If I were to explain who I am with labels, I could tell you that I am a girl (yes, I like to still call myself a girl) in my mid-30s. I am a wife and a daughter. I am a proud doggy mama to the most precious puppy ever. I consider myself a “New Yorker” although my technical location is just a mile outside of the City. I am a well-educated, successful attorney. And, I am a cancer survivor.
However, in following Deepak’s teachings, it is my beliefs that make me who I am. While I am in no means some spiritual guru, I deeply value this type of thinking. So, I will tell you that I am deeply loving and do my best to be kind. I am compassionate and empathetic, sometimes even to a fault (i.e. Please do NOT show me those ASPCA commercials anymore! So many tears!). Along those lines, I am extremely sensitive, which I find to be a strength and not a weakness. I am trustworthy to my core. I am proud of the person I am and especially, the person I have become in these last few years. I am also not perfect, and have plenty of flaws, but who needs to hear about those anyway?
And now, it looks like I am a blogger.
I am dedicating this blog to sharing my experiences with cancer as a young adult, struck by this awful disease in the prime of my life. I hope that through telling my story, I can help other affected by cancer, and really anyone who has been challenged by life-altering, mind-blowing circumstances that have turned their world upside down.
If “what I believe is who I am” then ultimately, I’m just a girl tryin’ to beat brain cancer, who believes, who knows, she will conquer anything that is put in her way!