Starting is the hardest part…

Hearing you have breast cancer is heart-stopping. It’s mind-boggling. And, believe it or not, it’s empowering. It sets a course. There is no choice but forward.

To survive, you have to mobilize, gather a team – medical, emotional, complementary, family, dear ones – and forge ahead. There’s no turning back, because to turn back means you will die, maybe not now, but certainly sooner than you ever intended.

My hope and prayer is that my experience will help someone – some woman somewhere – who gets this news, who leaves work in a stupor, sits in a coffee shop parking lot and cries, and then knows she has no choice but to move forward. Moving forward means life.

It also means, at times, physical pain, terror, immense gratitude, anger, and most every emotion in the dictionary. This is my story and while I hope breast cancer one day does not define me, for now, its consequences are ever-present. I need to write. And so it is.


Photo credit: Me, on day of diagnosis

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4 Responses to Starting is the hardest part…

  1. Maggie says:

    Oh, beloved Lisa. Your words mean so much to me tonight, and sharing your journey is just a big big yes thank you. I love you. xoxo

  2. Nancy Rizzo says:

    i’m so awestruck right now, I can’t even string two words together – oh and i’m shaking my head in wonderment. And i see it coming – the difference you will make in the world. It wasn’t literally “gardening.” It was sowing seeds! Thanking you in advance. . . . BRAVO! and blessings xxoo

  3. HI Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I also was diagnosed with breast cancer this year in May. Had a lumpectomy and radiation. Now I am a cancer survivor. I can’t wait to hear the same news from you. Good luck as you continue on your road of treatment. I will be thinking and praying for you.

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