You Are Forever Whole
The moment you hear you have cancer, time stands still. Nothing is certain, except that now a line is drawn in the sand — life before breast cancer; life after breast cancer. The critical word to focus on is life. You are alive. You are here. And you are on a breast cancer journey. For eight years I journeyed with my beloved mother, Evelyn Winslow, as she fought this disease. I began another journey in 2003 when I received my own diagnosis.
For all that breast cancer threatens to take away from you — your hair, your breast, your energy, your life as you know it — it has something to give you in return. Singer, songwriter and survivor Sheryl Crow put it this way, “I feel keenly aware of how precious and fleeting life is, and I hope I will never forget what the experience has taught me…who I am, who I want to be, who I can never be again. It was a hard time, but I’d rather have the really hard stuff than to never know what I know now.“
Because we live in a cancer nation, hundreds of thousands of people face this disease. Today, in America, one in every eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. One in three women will receive a cancer diagnosis of some sort. For men, one in every two will get some kind of cancer diagnosis. We all have something to learn from those who face this disease every day with dignity, strength, courage and grace. You’ll meet some of them in Finding Your Way, including my Mama Lela, who was diagnosed more than 25 years ago — is 99 years old and an inspiration for us all.
Until we find a cure, those of us who receive this diagnosis must make the most of it. The outstanding team of subject matter experts featured in Finding Your Way is here to help you do just that.
The poet Rumi said, “Out beyond the idea of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” I imagine this field as the ground of wholeness, from which we never depart. It is a spacious, boundless place, free of fear, illness and impediment. It is a place of acceptance, love, freedom and joy. It is a calm and beautiful place. It is the place inside your heart.
Dear Sister; dear Brother (yes, men get breast cancer too), you can never be reduced to a medical condition or the name of a disease. You are so much more than any diagnosis. May there be peace in your journey. And may you always be able to find your way home.
Creator, Executive Producer and Director, Finding your Way
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