💙 Up until a few days ago I had no idea that it had its own month. For me, every month is colorectal awareness month. Honestly, I am aware of it every single day, but I AM ALSO AWAKE because of it.
💙 Like many people, when I was diagnosed my first question was “Why is this happening to me?”. So, I began researching and trying to figure out what caused this cancer to grow in my body. My healthy, fit, young-ish, female body with no family history of colorectal cancer is not what most people would have considered to be the poster child for colorectal cancer. As a matter-of-fact most people assumed that I had breast cancer unless I clarified. My amateur (Google-based) research turned up a gazillion different possibilities and quite honestly, I didn’t have time to focus on that – it was time to start healing.
💙 My mindset quickly shifted to asking the question “What lessons can I learn from this”. I became open to listening to the lessons that I could learn from cancer.
💙 Don’t get me wrong, I still had my moments of wallowing in self-pity and being pissed that cancer had completely interrupted my regularly scheduled programming, but for the most part I stayed open to listening to the lessons that came my way. There were plenty of lessons learned – some had to be sent my way a couple of times because I can be a bit stubborn.
💙 One of the lessons I have learned is the Power of Story. I have learned that truly owning our story is powerful and healing. Sharing our stories can also bring about connection and even awareness.
💙 Colon Cancer isn’t my story, but it is a part of my story. My hope is that I might help others by sharing some of my story and passing along a few of the lessons I learned along this journey.