October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and most of the articles you will read will be about breast cancer and prevention. But I would like to go in a different direction.
Everyone, meet my dear friend Mary. I see Mary every week at North Cypress Medical Center in the Infusion Center where I volunteer giving free hand/foot massages. Mary has given me permission to share her story. She has Stage 4 Breast Cancer that has metastized to other organs. To keep it under control she receives treatment once a week and has been doing this for many, many years. When her cancer reappeared her doctor gave her 5 years with treatment. But she has proven them wrong and is now well past the 5 years and going strong.
But her cancer is not what this blog is about. It is about Mary's positive attitude. Her doctor tells her that her positive outlook has made a big difference in helping her body fight this disease. Studies have shown that how we think makes a bid difference in our health. Mary could stay focused on her cancer but she has chosen to move past the negative and dwell on the positive. She chooses to keep her eyes on God and focus on all the blessings she has in her life: family, friends, and of course, a good book and coffee!
I wish each of you would have an opportunity to meet Mary. Everyone knows her as the lady with the pink hair. She is the most delightful, caring, loving, and encouraging person I have ever met. She always has a smile on her face. When I arrive in the infusion center she tells me "I am so happy to see you" and I know she means it. She lights up the infusion center with her positive energy and humor.
Mary, you make me strive each day to be a better person. God's love shines through you and brightens the lives of those who come in contact with you. Your light shines so bright that we need sunglasses when we are around you.
I honor you today, Mary. You have become a very important part of my life. I am truly blessed to know you!
"Cancer doesn't define me. It is not who I am."
- Mary M
Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.