I am an apple-eating, Central Park-running, pretty healthy woman. I thought I was living right, but life is funny, isn’t it?
On Sunday everything is perfectly normal. Then on Monday, it’s all turned upside down with a call from the doctor: I had breast cancer and needed a mastectomy.
When it was over, I learned a couple of things. You realize your life is to be valued and not wasted. The mantra becomes “not one more minute.” I will not waste one more minute. I held on tightly to the things I loved and got rid of the things I didn’t.
I also walked away with four wonderful words: “You can’t scare me.” How perfect. No matter what happens in life, if you survive breast cancer, you get that.
Promise invites cancer survivors to share their reflections. E-mail Promise@mdanderson.org.