Pat's Blog » 4 Year Diagnosis Anniversary

4 years ago today, my life changed forever.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that took my mom 20 years before.  Although it seems like a lifetime ago, I remember every detail of how the world began to spin in slow motion when I heard the words “You have cancer”.  I remember the ball that developed in the pit of my stomach. How I forgot the mechanics of breathing.  The black and white movie of my mom’s life and death played in a continuous loop in my mind’s eye.  

And then, just as quickly as everything changed, a feeling of peace swept over me.  And I made a decision: This journey will be joyful.  It will be filled with amazing gifts and blessings.  I will videotape every moment to share with others. Even though I have no idea what the outcome will be…I will be positive and use the experience to grow, learn and serve.

I don’t know why I did this, but I did.   And so it was.  These pictures were taken 4 hours after my diagnosis. 

My family, friends and healers carried me on their wings to health.  God and all my angels blessed me with health and a healing journey filled with laughter and peace. 

My life is better now than it ever was before.  I live differently.  I think differently.  I take nothing for granted.  I strive to find peace even in the midst of turmoil.  I stay away from toxic people and situations.  I live a life on purpose and share my journey in order to help others.  I focus on what’s good, not on what’s difficult or negative.  I’ve learned that what you focus on, becomes your reality.  

I now give myself permission to explore passions such as photography.  What happened when I did that?  My friends at Books & Books let me exhibit them in Coral Gables.  And now, this coming fall, I will have my next Discover Your Doorway exhibit at Hamilton Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale.  Who woulda thunk? 🙂

This past October Discovery aired a documentary on my healing journey and my book The Cancer Dancer was just released.  HOW INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLE is this?!!!!

I’ve met courageous women on this path…we’ve become friends…more than friends…they are the Link of Hope Sistas.  Together, we now empower, educate and encourage others who are walking the breast cancer journey. 

I’ve been touched by compassionate strangers who volunteered their time and talents to help me launch my book, without a budget.  The amazing thing is that I had never met any of them in person before. Angels.  All angels.

So today I celebrate 4 years since a life-changing event that has bared more fruit than I could eat in a lifetime.  Sure, it would have been great to have learned all these lessons, met all these great people and received so many blessings without having to go through cancer.  But this was my path. 

I hope that we can prevent cancer by living healthy lives.  By paying attention to what we eat. How we exercise. Do we meditate and make time for peace, harmony and balance in our lives? That’s what all of us need to do.  But I accepted my dance with cancer and now I thank God every moment of every day.

Thank you for being a part of my life. Together, we can impact the world in a positive way.  Let’s do it together.  And remember….Joy is a Choice!

Love & Light,


Pat's Blog » 4 Year Diagnosis Anniversary
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