Angela’s Corner: Happy Holidays!

2013 09 01_Valhalla Lake_0389 (2)As this is the season of love, hope, and joy, I begin to be thankful for all that I have.  Over the last couple of years, our lives have been turned upside down.  We attempt to make the season about family – sharing a lot of laughter and smiles.  This year is no different.

Two years ago I was still recovering from my bi-lateral mastectomies during this time of year.  My family and I made a point to live that Christmas to the fullest.  We brought the joy back when we hadn’t seen it for months.  Our daughter was our main focus, especially after a difficult few months and a half year of worry, she needed that joy.

The same happened just last year.  During this time my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and my grandmother was diagnosed with her fourth bout of the disease.  Months of more worry for everyone lead again to an attempt to bring joy back into our lives.  Two years of stress.  Two years of battles against breast cancer.  Two years of worry.  It’s about time things begin to change!

This year?  Well this year is different.  We are all healthy; thankfully!  Chemotherapy, radiation, and our mastectomies are in the past.  We’ve overcome so much hardship these past two years that it’s nice to enjoy this time of year without all of that hanging over our shoulders.

Christmas time is full of wishes and this year I have a few I’d like to share.  I wish for health.  I want to be healthy after years of suffering through the unthinkable.  This includes healthy living and healthy thinking for not only me, but for you as well.  I wish for continual love and support.  It’s amazing at how friends and family can be the light at the end of a dark tunnel.  Without those friends and family to keep our heads above water, life can be boring, dark, and lonely.  I wish for the joy and happiness that not only this season will bring, but the whole year.  Lastly, I wish everyone reading this the best holiday season.  Enjoy your time with family.  Cherish the memories made.  Love the days ahead.

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