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I am in North Carolinaon vacationthis week. My husband and I have been enjoying leisure time fishing, exploring, and watching the sun set over the mountains. Vacation time is important to me, and even though I am a full-time student and our income is drastically reduced, I would not go without it.

I can’t tell you if this is because of having been threatened bybreast cancer, or because of the change in attitude towards life I experienced when my dad died. It was after his death that I realized that life was for the living, that when it was over it was over, and all the things you wanted to do wouldn’t get done.

My dad didn’t live for tomorrow. He enjoyed each day as it came. He was the most patient, content person you could ever meet. When he was in the hospital before his death, he was so completely content with his life — except for wanting to be around to ring in the New Year on the eve of the millennium (which was 3 years after his death). His death prompted me to be more like him and to do all the things I wanted to each day as it came. Breast cancer just reminded me to stay on that path because my life was precarious.

What prevents us from doing what we want are usually finances, fear, and circumstance. We always know what we would like to do, but we choose what is convenient and easy. Fear of failure and the unknown are the two enemies of life. When you get a breast cancerdiagnosis, those fears are intensified and it is all too easy to circle the wagons and hide. I experienced this for a while. I wanted my family close and my life without complications. I wanted to stay close to home because I thought I could protect myself and family from cancer. It took a while for me to get on with the real joy of living.

I understand all theemotionsand fears that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. It is hard to battle cancer and these fears at the same time — in fact it is exhausting and almost impossible. Life goes on, though, and for most of us it goes on long after the battle has ended. There comes a turning point when you are no longer fighting or hiding and you start living. Trust me, that time will come; when it does, embrace it and start living out every day doing exactly what you want to do. Have dinner with friends, go to a movie, sit in a park, run on the beach, or read a good book. Don’t put it off, because today is here only once.

Sitting in the mountains of North Carolina provides a lot of time for reflection. I just thought it would be nice to share mine with you.

Last Updated:8/17/2011
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