Shortly before I was diagnosed, I bought a new home. I’d been living in it for about a year before buying any furniture or decorating it because I kept changing my mind about the style I wanted. But once my life had a deadline, I made decisions, got it done, and never looked back. It caused me to make my home a healthy living environment, too, which my houseguests, my cat, and I can all benefit from.
I also stay better connected to my friends. Whenever I think of them, I pick up the phone and call them or send them an email, card, or text rather than waiting for a block of time to magically appear in my schedule.
And, although I loathe the term “bucket list” (especially having been diagnosed with a terminal illness), I’ve definitely been crossing things off my “to-do ... one day” list.
Life truly is a gift and can be taken away at any time. Be grateful for every day you are blessed to live in this world by making good-for-you changes in your life. But start today. With gusto (and a green smoothie).
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and, on behalf of all those living with lung cancer, I want to make you aware of this disease that kills more people than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers combined. Please help support the researchers, scientists, and doctors that are working hard to eradicate this horrible disease. I am personally grateful to them since, due to their contributions, I was able to celebrate my 51st birthday last month (my fourth birthday post-diagnosis)!