Karen Shayne: Daughter, Entrepreneur, Leader, Business Partner, Philanthropist, Best Friend, Fighter and a Sister Survivor, and most importantly and what I am most proud of, I am a WOMAN.
What have you overcome? I am an overcomer of cancer in so many ways. Cancer became a part of my life by no choice of my own, but cancer drew a line in the sand of my life. And, as it does with so many that have heard those words “You have cancer,” that “line” is there to allow you the opportunity to stop and think about who you are, but most importantly, where you can go. That line becomes your defining moment. While no one is ever “blessed” to have cancer, the blessings FROM cancer are life changing. So, while I overcame the physical, overcoming the emotional became far more empowering.
The Bible says, “… when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” How has your endurance grown with the process of your tests and how do you operate in the now looking onward? I no longer allow myself the option to look back at my failures unless they are a reminder of what can be my future success. Yesterday is gone. And, while as a survivor you question and sometimes have fearful thoughts of cancer’s return, you have to live each day with passion, positivity and be willing to grow from each of life’s experiences. Looking at each day as a gift is the best blessing one can have. Your time on this earth is precious. We should cherish it.
Grammy Award Winning Artist Sandi Patty closes out her concerts with a song called “The Last Day.” The words ring so true— “If today were the last of all days would it change how you feel who you are/Would you rise for a moment above all your fears become one with the moon and stars/would you like what you see looking down/did you give everything that you could/have you done all the things that you wanted to do/Is there still so much more that you would? That’s how I live now—and it makes for a beautiful life.
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