Earlier this year, I was invited to share my story as part of a collection of breast cancer survivor stories for a book. Each contributor was asked to include a quote along with their story. Here is an excerpt from my submission:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Nelson Mandela
Courage is a word that often gets thrown around when you mention breast cancer. It may seem ironic for those newly diagnosed because we often feel scared and anything but brave. However, it takes an immense amount of courage to face a fear of the unknown.
Through breast cancer, I learned that courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes, simply living, holding onto faith and doing what we may be afraid to do takes courage. Fighting breast cancer often means doing whatever it takes to overcome the disease. Although we may not always feel strong, we face the pain, grief and loss associated with breast cancer head on. That, my friend, is courage.
Faces of Inspiration is a collection of breast cancer stories shared from the hearts of the newly diagnosed, survivors and caregivers. This books speaks to the breast care community in a unique way – one that seeks to not only inspire, but to offer hope from a place of realness and sincerity. The stories shared in this book are transparent and convey the importance and power of inspirational words from one heart to another. Order online.